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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

[ˌpriːˈhɪstəri] npréhistoire fpre-industrial [ˌpriːɪnˈdʌstriəl] preindustrial (US) adjpréindustriel(le)

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prehistory

[ˌpriːˈhɪstrɪ] npreistoria
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Tracing connections between the emergence of Egyptian and Sumerian civilizations and other prehistoric civilizations (ranging from cultures in Tibet and China to the legendary Atlantis and the Atlantean continent), Land of the Fallen Star Gods especially scrutinizes ancient Egypt's mystical traditions and initiatory rites.
Culture Minister reiterates invitation to attend a conference on prehistoric civilizations in Bahrain.
Nienhuis, Ice Age Civilizations explores evidence of ancient, technologically advanced prehistoric civilizations and city-states, some of which are suggested to have submerged when the Ice Age ended.