Template talk:Prehistoric technology

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"Prehistory" and "History"[edit]

As I mention in the discussion for Clothing in the ancient world, that article's inclusion in this template betrays a lack of understanding that "history" refers to the period of the human past for which there are written records (and thus the existence of civilization), while "prehistory" refers to the period in which writing had not yet been developed. The Neolithic revolution and the emergence of agriculture and civilization are also generally synonymous with the development of writing (both in the New and Old World), and thus form a traditional boundary between the periods. "Prehistorical" would then be appropriate to describe the technology that appears in Prehistoric technology, such as that used by "Ötzi the Iceman," but it is not correct to apply that term to, e.g., the clothing of ancient Rome or ancient maritime history. These are NOT prehistorical. Blacksun1942 (talk) 12:00, 14 August 2013 (UTC)

Merge or separate "Prehistorical" and "Ancient"[edit]

Given the inclusion of various articles that are concerned with the ancient world and NOT prehistory, I suggest that either a new template should be formed, "Ancient Technology," or those articles dealing specifically and exclusively with ancient technology (i.e. ancient maritime history, clothing in the ancient world, etc) should be removed from this template. Blacksun1942 (talk) 12:13, 14 August 2013 (UTC)