protohistory

[proh-toh-his-tuh-ree, -his-tree]
noun, plural protohistories.
1.
a branch of study concerned with the transition period between prehistory and the earliest recorded history.
2.
the period in a culture immediately before its recorded history begins.

Origin:
1915–20; proto- + history

protohistorian [proh-toh-hi-stawr-ee-uhn, -stohr-] , noun
protohistoric [proh-toh-hi-stawr-ik, -stor-] , protohistorical, adjective
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protohistory (ˌprəʊtəʊˈhɪstərɪ, -ˈhɪstrɪ)
 
n
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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