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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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[ˌpriːˈhɪstrɪ] npreistoria
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While the other members of the party which has accompanied Sir James on his voyage of inspection among the lighthouses are content to wait in the harbor of Lerwick for a favorable change in the weather, I am obstinately bent on leaving the comfortable shelter of the vessel to explore some inland ruin of prehistoric times, of which I never heard, and for which I care nothing.
I imagine they correspond with the cave-hyena of prehistoric times.
Amongst other things he has a special knowledge of the Peak and its caverns, and knows all the old legends of prehistoric times.
Other major elements are an Agreement on the repatriation of antiquities dating from prehistoric times to 1500 AD that entered into force on 15 February 2014, and a project to digitise and document movable cultural goods stemming from the Northern part of Cyprus.
Head of the Fine Arts Directorate, Imad Kashout said in a statement to SANA that choosing such a title for the forum brings to mind that Syria is the country of peace and love which has published art, science and beauty to the whole world since prehistoric times.
In prehistoric times, this area was covered with ice and snow, unlike its mild climate nowadays, and explorer Tim Flannery reveals his part in discovering native polar dinosaurs.
The belief in the curative powers of mineral waters goes back to prehistoric times.
The findings revealed that dogs weren't just man's best friend in prehistoric times but some women during the Early Neolithic period, and likely their children too, also lived very canine-centric lives, the Discovery reported.
JOIN the cast for an hilarious romp through the history of the the United States, from prehistoric times to today.
Borderlands Phil Cope (Seren, PS20) A lavishly illustrated guide to sacred wells in the contested lands between England and Wales from prehistoric times to today, pagan to Christian, with diversions into the Roman occupation and the commercial spas of modern times.
Some are an acquired taste such as stuffed animals but the museum also tracKs Huddersfield's history right bacK to prehistoric times.
There was also a spontaneous appearance by playful beasts from prehistoric times, the Sauruses.