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Pre history

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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