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 (prē′hĭ-stôr′ĭk, -stŏr′-) also pre·his·tor·i·cal (-ĭ-kəl)
1. Of, relating to, or belonging to the era before recorded history.
2. Of or relating to a language before it is first recorded in writing.

pre′his·tor′i·cal·ly adv.
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Adj.1.prehistorical - belonging to or existing in times before recorded history; "prehistoric settlements"; "prehistoric peoples"
past - earlier than the present time; no longer current; "time past"; "his youth is past"; "this past Thursday"; "the past year"
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This heap of stones, rather regularly placed, represented a vast fortress, overlooking a long rift, which in former days had served as a bed to the rivers of prehistorical times.
One is a time-independent model (TID) with no memory of past rupture history; the other is a time-dependent (TD) model that considers historical or prehistorical ruptures of specific seismic sources.
The second aspect of Zeballos's statement relates to what he calls "Science." The shipment of the physical remains of the indigenous peoples the Argentine military had killed to museums and laboratories transformed those remains into relics "of an almost prehistorical past." (21) This "museification" of Indians further distanced them from the shared identity of living Argentine human beings and prevented them from playing a role in the articulation of the modern state.
Herzog filmed Cave of Forgotten Dreams in 3D precisely to capture this three-dimensional effect of the animals and the walls, which also renders the film a three-dimensional film about three-dimensional prehistorical films.
Lund's sustained attempt to shore up Rousseau's anthropological conjectures with the latest scientific discoveries struck this reader as misleading: not because Lund is wrong, but because he thereby gives the impression that something decisive at stake in reading the Second Discourse's prehistorical conjectures as advancing empirical, verifiable claims.
Vodun or Voodoo or Vodou or Vaudou originated as a collection of traditional prehistorical practices among the coastal inhabitants of the West African Gbe-speaking peoples (primarily the Fon and Kabye of modern Togo and Ghana, and the Ewe) in the modern nations of Ghana, Togo, Benin, and Nigeria.
He also asserted that the discovered information since the start of the digging process allows archaeologists to explore prehistorical communities, which are now certain to have lived in the area for thousands of years before the First Dynasty of Egypt.
Narratives of prehistorical cultural adaptation and change from the end of the Pleistocene to the Late Holocene are presented in the wider Saharan context, drawing on evidence from archaeological and environmental studies in other regions of the Sahara.
Prehistorical examples of carbon dioxide deluges and suffocating oceanic deoxygenation provided a lesson in how Earth systems respond to a variable climate.
They are the result of a "prehistorical surgical intervention" (59), a deep wound, while neuroses is a later formation of conflict.
At all stages of historical and prehistorical development, critical evaluation ought to be key.