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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.
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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
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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.
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protohistory

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

The study of a particular human culture in the period immediately before it developed writing or recorded history.
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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
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Translations

protohistory

n (Hist) → Urgeschichte f
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His topics include supernatural relics, occulted archaeologists, myth and protohistory, the creation of a lost continent, relic hunters and haunted museums.
The Mulli material belongs in a transitional period between prehistory and protohistory, pre-Christian and Christian beliefs.
Films such as Ronald Emerich's 10.000 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.
(8) Ian Glover, 'Ban Don Ta Phet and its relevance to problems in the pre- and protohistory of Thailand', BIPPA 2 (1980): 16-30.
In addition, confession also has a protohistory: the literary phenomenon is anticipated, in its fundamental aspects, by movements outside its sphere.
(1) Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum, Forschungsstelle Archaologie und Materialwissenschaften, Fachbereich Montanarchaologie, Herner StraBe 45, 44787 Bochum, Germany.thomas.stoellner@bergbaumuseum.de and Institut fur Archaologische Wissenschaften, chair of Pre- and Protohistory, Universitatsstr.