histor-, histori- +

(Greek > Latin: historical narrative; past events, past knowledge)

1. Any period for which there is no documentary evidence and the study of cultures before written history or of more recent cultures lacking formal historical records.
2. In a strict sense, "history" is an account of the past recovered from written records, but such an account can be prepared from other sources, notably archaeology.
3. The term prehistory was coined by Daniel Wilson in 1851 to cover the story of man's development before the appearance of writing.
4. It is succeeded by protohistory, the period for which we have some records but must still rely largely on archaeological evidence to give us a coherent account.
5. Prehistory differs from history in dealing with the activities of a society or culture, not of the individual; it is restricted to the material evidence that has survived.
protohistoric period, protohistoric era
1. The period in any area following prehistory and preceding the appearance of coherent history derived from written records. It is a transitional time period between prehistory and recorded history, for which both archaeological and historical data are employed.
2. A time when non-literate aboriginal peoples had access to European goods but did not have face-to-face contact.
3. Periods during which historical documentation is fragmentary or not directly from the society being studied.
4. The period of 1250-1519 AD in Mesoamerica, which followed the Postclassic and ends just before the Spanish conquest (there are historic documents for this period).
False, pretended, counterfeit, spurious, or sham history.
The combined use of psychology (especially psychoanalysis) and history in the writing, especially of biography.
Quotes: History
Making guesses about things that can not be verified: history quotes.
secondary prehistory
The time when literate people came in contact with and wrote about nonliterate peoples.
Having significance that transcends the historical; universal or eternal.
1. Taking little or no account of history.
2. Not in accordance with history or historical analysis.
3. Not possessed of a historical character; not having actually occurred.

Inter-related cross references, directly or indirectly, involving word units meaning "know, knowledge; learn, learning": cogni-; discip-; gno-; intellect-; learn, know; math-; sap-; sci-; sopho-.