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Prehistory

Prehistory (meaning "before history", or "before knowledge acquired by investigation", from the Latin word for "before," præ, and historia) is the span of time before recorded history or the invention of writing systems. Prehistory refers to the period of human existence before the availability of those written records with which recorded history begins. More broadly, it can refer to all the time preceding human existence and the invention of writing.

The notion of "prehistory" began to surface during the Enlightenment in the work of antiquarians who used the word 'primitive' to describe societies that existed before written records. The first use of the word prehistory in English, however, occurred in the Foreign Quarterly Review in 1836.
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THE PREHISTORIC WORLD:
or,
VANISHED RACES.
By
E. A. ALLEN
Author of "The Golden Gems of Life."


PREFACE
Chapter I: INTRODUCTION.
Chapter II: EARLY GEOLOGICAL PERIODS.
Chapter III: MEN OF THE RIVER DRIFT.
Chapter IV: CAVE-MEN.
Chapter V: ANTIQUITY OF THE PALEOLITHIC AGE.
Chapter VI: THE NEOLITHIC AGE IN EUROPE.
Chapter VII: THE BRONZE AGE IN EUROPE.
Chapter VIII: THE IRON AGE IN EUROPE.
Chapter IX: EARLY MAN IN AMERICA.
Chapter X: THE MOUND BUILDERS.
Chapter XI: THE PUEBLO COUNTRY.
Chapter XII: THE PREHISTORIC AMERICANS.
Chapter XIII: THE NAHUA TRIBES.
Chapter XIV: THE MAYA TRIBES.
Chapter XV: THE CULTURE OF THE CIVILIZED TRIBES.
Chapter XVI: ANCIENT PERU.

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