- 1The period of time before written records: myths that stretch back into prehistoryMore example sentences
- Archeological findings have placed knowledge of Iranian prehistory at middle Paleolithic times.
- The earliest of seven main subdivisions of Andean prehistory, spanning the period 9000-1800 bc, embraces the time from the earliest human presence in the region down to the first use of ceramics.
- Many vertebrae were cleaved, suggesting animals had been divided into left and right portions, an unusual butchery practice for this period of prehistory, perhaps for feasting.
- 1.1The events or conditions leading up to a particular occurrence or phenomenon: the prehistory of capitalismMore example sentences
- A given social episode or condition may be treated in the most detailed and compelling manner, but its prehistory is nearly always left out of the picture.
- It provides a critical genealogy, even prehistory, of the debates leading up to the problems of intermedia in the present.
- Hip-hop's prehistory offers a team of curators any number of potential entry points: African griots and other oral poetic traditions, the Beats, talking blues, Muhammad Ali trash-talk.
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- The scale of contacts with the ‘civilising’ influence of Rome far exceeded anything that Scottish prehistorians had previously imagined.
- The significance of these stones, which are common features over much of Bronze Age Europe, has long been the subject of debate among prehistorians.
- I, and others, venture into Iron Age studies too, and welcome it when prehistorians can be tempted into the Roman period.
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