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Latitude

the distance north or south of the equator

Longitude

the distance east or west of the prime meridian

Prehistory

long period of time before people invented systems or writing

Anthropology

the study of development of people and their societies

Culture

the way of life of a society that is handed down from one generation to another

Archaeology

the study of people, past and cultures

Artifacts

objects made by human beings

Technology

tools and skills people used to meet their basic needs

Historians

people who study how people lived in the past

Nomads

people who moved from place to place following game animals and ripening fruit

Glaciers

sheets of ice

Animism

the belief that spirits and forces may reside in animals, objects or dreams

Domesticate

to tame animals

Paleolithic Age

the earliest period of ancient history

Neolithic Age

a new period where farming began

civilization

a complex, highly organized social order

surplus

extra

polytheistic

the belief in many gods

artisans

skilled craft workers

pictogram

simple drawing that looked like the object it represented

scribes

specially trained people who knew how to read and write

city-state

a political unit that included a city and its surrounding lands and villages

empire

a group of states or territories controlled by one ruler

steppes

nomadic herders that tended cattle

cultural diffusion

the spread of ideas, customs, and technologies from one people to another

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