prehistory

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prehistory,

period of human evolution before writing was invented and records kept. The term was coined by Daniel Wilson in 1851. It is followed by protohistory, the period for which we have some records but must still rely largely on archaeological evidence to provide a coherent account. The study of prehistory is concerned with the activities of a society or culture, not of the individual, and is limited to the material evidence that has survived.
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-Culture Minister reiterates invitation to attend a conference on prehistoric civilizations in Bahrain.
Nienhuis, Ice Age Civilizations explores evidence of ancient, technologically advanced prehistoric civilizations and city-states, some of which are suggested to have submerged when the Ice Age ended.
Newly "discovered" relics of prehistoric civilizations throughout the Southwest, including Colorado's Mesa Verde and Arizona's Casa Grande, had sparked the discussion.