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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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South Asian Archaeology and Art 2012 Volume 1: Man and Environment in Prehistoric and Protohistoric South Asia: New Perspectives.
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(43.) See Alaska's Prehistoric and Protohistoric Past, ALASKA HUMANITIES FORUM, http://www.akhistorycourse.org/alaskas-cultures/alaskas-heritage/chapter-2-I-alaskas-prehistoric-and-protohistoric-past (last visited Apr.
Poster presentado en el XVII World Congress of the Prehistoric and Protohistoric Society 2014.
Using case studies from the precontact and protohistoric North American Southwest, archaeologists consider the identities and social experiences of people who chose to live outside archaeological core areas.
He also addresses the chronological schema of Cypriot archaeology, voicing his well-known objections to the use of Bronze Age period designations based on pottery typology and seriations and his own preference for the terms "Prehistoric" and "Protohistoric" Bronze Age rather than the more widely used Early, Middle, and Late Cypriot periods, each with their own tripartite sub-periods and further divisions.
The findings result from a research collaboration headed by Philipp Stockhammer of the Institute of Pre- and Protohistoric Archaeology and Archaeology of the Roman Provinces of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat MEaA-nchen.
Reinhard, and Richard Ryan, 1996, Analytical Perspectives on a Protohistoric Cache of Ceramic Jars from the Lower Colorado Desert.
For this study, 850 years BP to today, which includes the formal historic, prehistoric, and protohistoric periods, is considered modern times to illustrate Bison nativity both precontact and postcontact with Europeans in the Southwest.
(11) Chureekamol Onsuwan Eyre, 'Social variation and dynamics in metal age and protohistoric central Thailand: A regional perspective', Asian Perspectives 49, 1 (2011): 43-84.
The protohistoric Japanese population was longheaded, with a broad face and strong prognathism.