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pre·his·to·ry

 (prē-hĭs′tə-rē)
n. pl. pre·his·to·ries
1. History of humankind in the period before recorded history.
2. The circumstances or developments leading up to or surrounding an event or situation; background: "[He] then told me the curious prehistory of his obsessive interest in the seduction theory" (Janet Malcolm).

pre′his·tor′i·an (-hĭ-stôr′ē-ən, -stŏr′-) n.

prehistory

(priːˈhɪstərɪ)
n, pl -ries
1. (Archaeology) the prehistoric period
2. (Archaeology) the study of this period, relying entirely on archaeological evidence
prehistorian n

pre•his•to•ry

(priˈhɪs tə ri, -ˈhɪs tri)

n., pl. -ries.
1. human history in the period before recorded events, known mainly through archaeological discoveries, study, research, etc.
2. a history of the events or circumstances leading to something.
[1870–75]
pre`his•to′ri•an (-hɪˈstɔr i ən, -ˈstoʊr-) n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.prehistory - the time during the development of human culture before the appearance of the written wordprehistory - the time during the development of human culture before the appearance of the written word
period, period of time, time period - an amount of time; "a time period of 30 years"; "hastened the period of time of his recovery"; "Picasso's blue period"
Bronze Age - (archeology) a period between the Stone and Iron Ages, characterized by the manufacture and use of bronze tools and weapons
Iron Age - (archeology) the period following the Bronze Age; characterized by rapid spread of iron tools and weapons
Stone Age - (archeology) the earliest known period of human culture, characterized by the use of stone implements
glacial epoch, glacial period, ice age - any period of time during which glaciers covered a large part of the earth's surface; "the most recent ice age was during the Pleistocene"
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prehistory

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prehistory

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6 metre deep and 30 metre wide tunnel passage will connect to Madhya Pradesh s pre-historic Mahakaal temple complex with a multi-story visitor s facility for accommodation of pilgrims and will have a Bharat Mata temple too.
Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Member of National Assembly, who is co-hosting the launch of documentary, said in a statement that the countrys cultural heritage was spread over the centuries, starting from pre-historic times to the present day.
Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Member of National Assembly, who is co-hosting the documentary launching to acknowledge Pakistan's rich cultural heritage and address the need of interfaith harmony in collaboration, said that the Cultural Heritage of Pakistan is spread over the centuries, starting from pre-historic times to the present day.
MAN followed animals in finding his way from place to place in pre-historic times, speaker Tony Morris told Elland Men's Probus Club in his talk on From Trackways to Motorways - via a Few Potholes.
UNTIL OCT 31: See the red stags at the height of the rutting season on Exmoor - where they have roamed since pre-historic times.
The 200-foot pre-historic beast comes to modern-age city and gets indulged in utter destruction.
Built around four exciting world-class themed zones comprising of Lost Valley -- Dinosaur Adventure, MARVEL, IMG Boulevard and Cartoon Network, IMGWOA will breathe life into imagination-gripping tales woven around fantastic cartoon characters, iconic superheroes and pre-historic dinosaurs.
He stressed that the Sultanate, India and Pakistan have a long history of interaction that began during the pre-historic period, around 4000 BC, and continued through the Islamic era to the present.
Miller Weldmaster, a tent welding machine manufacturer, offers a new infographic that explores the storied history of tents from pre-historic times to modern day camping
The antiquities that have been found in the area included those dating back to the pre-historic period," he added.
The study co-authored by University of Florida scientists shows many angiosperms, or flowering plants, evolved mechanisms to cope with freezing temperatures as they radiated into nearly every climate during pre-historic times.
From Australia, Erth's Dinosaur Zoo brings awesome pre-historic creatures to the stage from cute baby dinos to teeth-gnashing giants, and even the most recent addition, the Australovenator - the most complete meat-eating dinosaur skeleton yet found down under.