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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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(Historical Terms) the period or stage of human development or of a particular culture immediately prior to the emergence of writing
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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.
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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the earliest period of history, before the time when records were kept. — protohistorical, adj.See also: History
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The study of a particular human culture in the period immediately before it developed writing or recorded history.
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archaeology, archeology - the branch of anthropology that studies prehistoric people and their cultures
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