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Background imagePre Historic Collection: Celtic bronze swords

Celtic bronze swords
Bronze swords of the Celts, found in Ireland. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration of artifacts

Background imagePre Historic Collection: Druid carrying mistletoe

Druid carrying mistletoe and a sickle. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imagePre Historic Collection: Prehistoric cave art of a bull, Altamira, Spain

Prehistoric cave art of a bull, Altamira, Spain
Prehistoric cave painting of a bull, Altamira, Spain. Color halftone reproduction

Background imagePre Historic Collection: NATI2D-00054

NATI2D-00054
Cliff Palace at Mesa Verde National Park, Anasazi/Ancestral Puebloan ruins, Colorado. Digital photograph

Background imagePre Historic Collection: Druids collecting sacred mistletoe

Druids collecting sacred mistletoe
Druid ceremony gathering mistletoe in the forest. Hand-colored engraving of a 19th-century illustration

Background imagePre Historic Collection: Uintathere, an extinct rhinocerus of North America

Uintathere, an extinct rhinocerus of North America
Extinct species of rhinocerus, Uintathere, ancient Wyoming and Utah. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of an 1890s Charles Knight illustration

Background imagePre Historic Collection: Anasazi / Ancestral Puebloan cliff-dwelling, Betatakin

Anasazi / Ancestral Puebloan cliff-dwelling, Betatakin
Betatakin, a cliff-dwelling of the Anasazi/Ancestral Puebloans, circa 1250-1300 AD, within Navajo National Monument, Arizona. Photograph

Background imagePre Historic Collection: Creation of the heaven and earth

Creation of the heaven and earth
God creating the world by compass. Hand-colored woodcut reproduction of a manuscript of the 1400s

Background imagePre Historic Collection: Casa Grande, Hohokam ruins, Arizona

Casa Grande, Hohokam ruins, Arizona
Doorway of Casa Grande, the remains of an ancient Hohokam farming village in central Arizona. Digital photograh

Background imagePre Historic Collection: Natives gathering food in Florida, 1500s

Natives gathering food in Florida, 1500s
Florida Native Americans gathering crocodiles, fish, and other wild animals and plants, 1591. Hand-colored Debry engraving of a LeMoyne painting

Background imagePre Historic Collection: Chaco Canyon Anasazi ruins NM

Chaco Canyon Anasazi ruins NM
Anasazi/Ancestral Puebloan ruins of Chetro Ketl in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico. Digital photograph

Background imagePre Historic Collection: Prehistoric cave art of a horse with foal, Altamira, Spain

Prehistoric cave art of a horse with foal, Altamira, Spain
Prehistoric cave painting of a horse with foal, Altamira, Spain. Color halftone reproduction

Background imagePre Historic Collection: Allosaurus model

Allosaurus model
Model of Allosaurus dinosaur at the National Zoo, Washington DC. Photograph

Background imagePre Historic Collection: Wooly mammoth fossil, South Dakota

Wooly mammoth fossil, South Dakota
Fossil skull and tusks of a wooly mammoth in an excavation at Mammoth Site, Hot Springs, South Dakota. Digital photograph

Background imagePre Historic Collection: Small three-toed horse from fossil beds in South Dakota

Small three-toed horse from fossil beds in South Dakota
Three-toed Hipparion from the Niobrara beds in South Dakota, an ancestor of the horse. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of a 1903 illustration

Background imagePre Historic Collection: Iguanodon

Iguanodon, a large herbivorous dinosaur of the early Cretaceous period, a restoration by Woodward, 1890s. Hand-colored engraving of a 19th-century illustration

Background imagePre Historic Collection: Elothere, an extinct hog of North America

Elothere, an extinct hog of North America
Extinct species of giant pig, Elothere, of ancient South Dakota. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of an 1890s Charles Knight illustration

Background imagePre Historic Collection: Titanothere, an extinct rhinocerus of North America

Titanothere, an extinct rhinocerus of North America
Extinct species of rhinocerus, Titanothere, ancient South Dakota. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of an 1890s Charles Knight illustration

Background imagePre Historic Collection: Petroglyph of a coyote or wolf, New Mexico

Petroglyph of a coyote or wolf, New Mexico
Native American petroglyph of a coyote or a wolf near Galisteo, New Mexico. Photograph

Background imagePre Historic Collection: Grinding stones of the Anasazi / Ancestral Puebloans

Grinding stones of the Anasazi / Ancestral Puebloans
Anasazi/Ancestral Puebloan metates y manos, Betatakin cliff dwelling, Arizona. Photograph

Background imagePre Historic Collection: Noahs ark after the flood ended

Noahs ark after the flood ended
Noah and his family emerging from the ark after the flood. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imagePre Historic Collection: Salado culture prehistoric pottery artifacts, Arizona

Salado culture prehistoric pottery artifacts, Arizona
Salado pottery and gourds at Besh-Ba-Gowah Archaeological Park, a multi-storied village inhabited circa 1225-1400 AD, Arizona. Digital photograph

Background imagePre Historic Collection: Salado culture prehistoric metate y mano for grinding corn, Arizona

Salado culture prehistoric metate y mano for grinding corn, Arizona
Maize grinding stones at Besh-Ba-Gowah Archaeological Park, a multi-storied Salado village inhabited circa 1225-1400 AD, Arizona. Digital photograph

Background imagePre Historic Collection: Pueblo Bonito corner window, Chaco Canyon NM

Pueblo Bonito corner window, Chaco Canyon NM
Astronomically positioned window at Pueblo Bonito, an Anasazi/Ancestral Puebloan site in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico. Digital photograph

Background imagePre Historic Collection: Pueblo Bonito in Chaco Canyon, 1200s

Pueblo Bonito in Chaco Canyon, 1200s
Restoration of Pueblo Bonito, Ancestral Puebloan/Anasazi site in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico, as it looked about 1250 AD. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imagePre Historic Collection: NATI2A-00031

NATI2A-00031
Native Americans practice running, shooting arrows, and throwing ball, Florida, 1500s. Hand-colored woodcut reproduction of a DeBrfy engraving of a LeMoyne illustration

Background imagePre Historic Collection: Weapon used by hunters of the Amazon

Weapon used by hunters of the Amazon
Brazilian native using zarabatana, or shooting-tube, a hunting weapon. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imagePre Historic Collection: Bronze Age Europeans

Bronze Age Europeans
European couple of the Bronze Age. Antique hand-colored print

Background imagePre Historic Collection: Nordic runestone in Jutland

Nordic runestone in Jutland
Large carved Norse runestone in Jutland. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imagePre Historic Collection: Helvetian migration into Switzerland

Helvetian migration into Switzerland
Helvetians choosing routes for their migration into Switzerland, 58 BC. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imagePre Historic Collection: Teutons celebrating a victory in ancient times

Teutons celebrating a victory in ancient times
Teutonic warriors elevating their leader on a shield after a victory. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imagePre Historic Collection: Franks crossing the Rhine into Gaul

Franks crossing the Rhine into Gaul
Migration of the Franks across the Rhine into Gaul. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imagePre Historic Collection: Barbarian tribesmen of the Roman Empire

Barbarian tribesmen of the Roman Empire
European tribesmen, known as barbarians to the Romans. Antique hand-colored print

Background imagePre Historic Collection: Stone Age hunters

Stone Age hunters
Europeans of the Stone Age preparing for a hunt. Antique hand-colored print

Background imagePre Historic Collection: Druids cutting mistletoe

Druids cutting mistletoe
Druid priests gathering mistletoe, observed by Roman soldiers. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imagePre Historic Collection: Altamira, Spain, cave painting of a buffalo

Altamira, Spain, cave painting of a buffalo
Prehistoric cave painting of a charging buffalo, Altamira, Spain. Printed color halftone reproduction

Background imagePre Historic Collection: Prehistoric cave art of a wild boar, Altamira, Spain

Prehistoric cave art of a wild boar, Altamira, Spain
Prehistoric cave painting of a wild boar, Altamira, Spain. Color halftone reproduction

Background imagePre Historic Collection: Early iron workers, replacing Stone Age technology

Early iron workers, replacing Stone Age technology
Prehistoric people learning ironworking, the start of the Iron Age. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imagePre Historic Collection: Prehistoric cave-dwellers

Prehistoric cave-dwellers
Primitive people finding shelter in caves in prehistoric times. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imagePre Historic Collection: Prehistoric hunters surrounding a wooly mammoth

Prehistoric hunters surrounding a wooly mammoth
Prehistoric mammoth hunters using bows and arrows. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imagePre Historic Collection: Cave men battling prehistoric beasts

Cave men battling prehistoric beasts
Early humans contending with prehistoric monsters. Color lithograph of a 19th-century illustration

Background imagePre Historic Collection: Wooly mammoth

Wooly mammoth. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imagePre Historic Collection: Protoceras, an extinct mammal of North America

Protoceras, an extinct mammal of North America
Extinct species of pronghorn, Protoceras, ancient South Dakota Black Hills. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of an 1890s Charles Knight illustration

Background imagePre Historic Collection: Aztalan, a Moundbuilders site in Wisconsin

Aztalan, a Moundbuilders site in Wisconsin
Mound and part of village stockade at Aztalan, a middle Mississippean Moundbuilders site in Wisconsin. Photograph

Background imagePre Historic Collection: NATI2P-01076

NATI2P-01076
Mound and part of village stockade at Aztalan, a middle Mississippean Moundbuilder site in Wisconsin. Photograph

Background imagePre Historic Collection: Garden of Eden

Garden of Eden
Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden - the temptation (left) and expulsion. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imagePre Historic Collection: Biblical Flood destroying the wicked

Biblical Flood destroying the wicked
Wicked people trying to save themselves in the Biblical flood. Hand-colored engraving of a 19th-century illustration

Background imagePre Historic Collection: Noahs Ark

Noahs Ark
Animals entering Noahs ark before the Biblical flood. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration



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