The word relic comes from the Latin reliquiae, meaning “remains” or “something left behind” (the same root as relinquish). It has come to mean many things to different people. Relics can be religious, as in the veneration of sacred objects in several religion. Relic is also the term for something that has survived the passage of time, especially an object or custom whose original culture has disappeared, but also an object cherished for historical or memorial value (such as a keepsake or heirloom).
“Cultural relic” is a common translation for “Wenwu” (文物), a common Chinese word that usually means “antique” but can be extended to anything, including object and monument, that is of historical and cultural value.
Did you unearth any interesting relics this week?