protohistory

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The study of a culture just before the time of its earliest recorded history.

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  • noun The period between prehistory and history, during which a culture or civilization has not yet developed writing, but other cultures have already noted its existence in their own writings.

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  • noun the study humans prior to the invention of writing

Etymologies

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proto- +‎ history

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