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[ ˈɜːlɪə], [ ˈɜːlɪə], [ ˈɜː_l_ɪ__ə]

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Earlier was defined as an earlier time or condition in comparison to what exists now. Historically, earlier referred to a time before recorded history. Prior to the invention of the printing press, most knowledge and information was passed down orally and was not systematically recorded. As such, earlier was not a precise or measurable time period. However, historians and scholars have been able to create a timeline that estimates when certain cultural and technological developments occurred.

For example, the Chinese invented gunpowder in the eighth century AD, but it was not until the mid-thirteenth century that the Mongols started using cannons in their armies.

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