Visual Timeline: Europe

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prehistoric - 12000 BCE: Cave art culture in Europe.
 
prehistoric: Cave painting flourishes in Spain and France, the most famous being the Cave of Lascaux in France.
 
 
5000 BCE: Hierarchical societies emerge in southeast Europe.
 
 
5000 BCE: Cultivation of peas in Europe.
 
 
4300 BCE: First megalithic tombs in Europe.
 
 
3500 BCE: Farming has spread across Europe.
 
2800 BCE - 1900 BCE: Bell beaker culture in western Europe.
 
2300 BCE: Bronze is used in the Aegean.
 
2000 BCE - 1500 BCE: Wessex culture introduces bronze working to Britain.
 
2000 BCE: Bronze Age begins in Northern Europe.
 
 
1860 BCE: The beginning of construction of Stonehenge in Britain.
 
1500 BCE: Pastoral farming spreads across Eurasian steppes.
 
1100 BCE: Dorian peoples occupy Greece.
 
 
1100 BCE: Hillforts in western Europe.
 
1000 BCE: Iron working in southern Europe.
 
900 BCE: Celtic Migration begins in Europe with many Celts landing in Scotland.
 
800 BCE - 600 BCE: Early Iron Age Hallstatt culture flourishes across Europe.
 
750 BCE: Emergence of Hallstatt Iron Age culture in Europe.
 
700 BCE: Iron in wide use across Europe.
 
513 BCE - 512 BCE: Darius I of Persia Campaigns against Scythians into European Scythia, past the Danube River, Scythians refuse to fight and Darius is forced to abandon the campaign due to lack of provisions.
 
 
500 BCE - 450 BCE: Hallstatt kingdoms and chiefdoms suddenly collapse for reasons unclear.
 
193 BCE: The Boii are defeated by the Romans, suffering, according to Livy, 14,000 dead.
 
58 BCE: Julius Caesar invades Gaul. Roman influence on the European tribes begins in earnest.
 
300 CE - 700 CE: Migration Age in Europe.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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