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pro·to·his·to·ry

 (prō′tō-hĭs′tə-rē, -hĭs′trē)
n.
The study of a culture just before the time of its earliest recorded history.

pro′to·his·tor′i·an (-hĭ-stôr′ē-ən, -stŏr′-) n.
pro′to·his·tor′ic (-hĭ-stôr′ĭk, -stŏr′-) adj.

protohistory

(ˌprəʊtəʊˈhɪstərɪ; -ˈhɪstrɪ)
n
(Historical Terms) the period or stage of human development or of a particular culture immediately prior to the emergence of writing
protohistoric adj

pro•to•his•to•ry

(ˌproʊ toʊˈhɪs tə ri, -ˈhɪs tri)

n., pl. -ries.
the period in a culture immediately before its recorded history begins.
[1915–20]
pro`to•his•to′ri•an (-hɪˈstɔr i ən, -ˈstoʊr-) n.
pro`to•his•tor′ic (-ˈstɔr ɪk, -ˈstɒr-) pro`to•his•tor′i•cal, adj.

protohistory

the earliest period of history, before the time when records were kept. — protohistorical, adj.
See also: History

protohistory

The study of a particular human culture in the period immediately before it developed writing or recorded history.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.protohistory - the study humans prior to the invention of writing
archaeology, archeology - the branch of anthropology that studies prehistoric people and their cultures
protoarchaeology, protoarcheology - the study of prehistoric human artifacts and human fossils
Translations

protohistory

n (Hist) → Urgeschichte f
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The Mulli material belongs in a transitional period between prehistory and protohistory, pre-Christian and Christian beliefs.
000 BC (2008), Disney's Atlantis (2001), Hercules (1983) and The English Patient (1996) linked Egyptian protohistory with the construct of the big picture of the so-called far-advanced civilization, out of which the Egyptian [civilization] would emerge.
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8) Ian Glover, 'Ban Don Ta Phet and its relevance to problems in the pre- and protohistory of Thailand', BIPPA 2 (1980): 16-30.
As stated by Langois (1982), the stage for this activity is the city, a big urban archaeological site over which different levels of occupation have been superimposed since protohistory until today.
Interaction and acculturation in the Mediterranean: proceedings of the second international congress of Mediterranean pre- and protohistory, Amsterdam, 19-23 November 1980.
The 'new' survival of hominin fossils becomes productive of the interiorisation of others within the 'we' of Homo sapiens; disrupting a prehistoric protohistory that 'grounds' contemporary Homo sapiens within the lineage of the Earth (a process that naturalises humans to every continent except Antarctica).
7) Unlike Bague Quilez, however, who centers his attention on the relationship between the author and the poetas detective and whose chief function is to reflect upon literature (496-97), or Adriana Castillo de Berchenko, who analyses only in passing what she calls the "poeta-detective" (45) in Los perros romanticos and Tres, I seek to provide a kind of overall protohistory of the detective genre in Bolano's poetic production.
de and Institut fur Archaologische Wissenschaften, chair of Pre- and Protohistory, Universitatsstr.
In this regard, it can most certainly be argued that "the haunting work of sex [is a] driving trope for identity formation in an originating protohistory of America.
Genesis 1-11 aims to provide the true pre- and protohistory of the Bible's alternative worldview story, whose "purpose is to shape Israel's view of God, the world, and mankind, and their place in it all.
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