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Artifact, or artefact, may refer to:

Science and technology[edit]

  • Artifact (error), misleading or confusing alteration in data or observation, commonly in experimental science, resulting from flaws in technique or equipment
  • Iatrogenic artifact, a medical problem created by medical treatment
  • Visual artifact, in microscopy, an artificial feature


  • Cultural artifact, anything created by humans which gives information about the culture of its creator and users
  • The Artefact (journal), published annually by the Archaeological and Anthropological Society of Victoria


Undesirable phenomena[edit]

  • Compression artifact, when the data compression of an image, audio, or video is too complex, resulting in a loss of clarity
  • Digital artifact, any undesired alteration in data introduced during its digital processing
  • Visual artifact, anomalies during visual representation of digital graphics and imagery

Arts and media[edit]

Film and television[edit]



Other media[edit]

Other uses[edit]

  • Learning artifact (education), an object created by students during the course of instruction
  • Artifacting, a technique used on some older computers to generate colour in monochrome modes by exploiting artifacts of analogue television systems

See also[edit]