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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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