Visual Timeline: Stone Age
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9600 BCE: End of the last Ice Age.
9000 BCE: Wild sheep flocks are managed in the Zagros mountains.
9000 BCE: Cultivation of wild cereals in the Fertile Crescent.
8000 BCE: Ovens in use in the Near East are applied to pottery production.
7500 BCE: Long-distance trade in obsidian begins.
7000 BCE: Domestication of goats.
6700 BCE: Domestication of sheep.
6500 BCE: Textiles of flax.
6500 BCE: Domestication of pigs.
6200 BCE: First copper smelting in Anatolia.
6000 BCE: First irrigation.
6000 BCE: Domestication of cattle.
5000 BCE: Irrigation and agriculture begin in earnest in Mesopotamia.
5000 BCE: Hierarchical societies emerge in southeast Europe.
5000 BCE - 3000 BCE: Megalithic structures erected at Carnac, north-west France.
5000 BCE - 4000 BCE: Megaliths are erected at the Neolithic site of Locmariaquer, north-west France.
4500 BCE: Invention of the plow.
4300 BCE: First megalithic tombs in Europe.
4000 BCE: Use of wool for textiles.
3650 BCE: Invention of the wheel.