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  • c. 6,000 BCE
    Nile River Valley first inhabited.
  • 5,500 BCE
    Oldest faience workshop in Egypt founded at Abydos.
  • 5,000 BCE
    Organised farming begins in Egypt.
  • c. 4,000 BCE
    Depictions of gods and afterlife on walls of Egyptian tombs.
  • c. 3,200 BCE
    Hieroglyphic script developed in Egypt.
  • 3,150 BCE - 2,613 BCE
  • 2,667 BCE - 2,648 BCE
    Imhotep in Egypt writes medical texts describing diagnosis and treatment of 100 diseases and 48 injuries.
  • c. 2,560 BCE
    The Great Pyramid is constructed by Pharaoh Khufu (Cheops).
  • c. 2,500 BCE
    The Great Sphinx is built at Giza.
  • c. 1,800 BCE
    The Kahun Gynecological Papyrus deals with women's health and contraception.
  • 1,800 BCE
    Bronze working introduced to Egypt.
  • c. 1,600 BCE
    Earliest Egyptian water-clocks in use.
  • c. 1,550 BCE
    Composition of The Book of the Dead in Egypt.
  • 1,504 BCE - 1,492 BCE
    Egyptian empire reaches greatest extent under Tuthmosis I.
  • 1,479 BCE - 1,458 BCE
    Queen Hatshepsut rules Egypt.
  • 1,279 BCE - 1,212 BCE
    Reign of Ramesses II (The Great) in Egypt.
  • 1,274 BCE
    Battle of Kadesh between Pharaoh Ramesses II of Egypt and King Muwatalli II of the Hittites.
  • c. 1,264 BCE - c. 1,244 BCE
    Probable dates for the construction of Abu Simbel.
  • 1,258 BCE
    The Treaty of Kadesh between Egyptians and Hittites. The world's first peace treaty.
  • c. 1,244 BCE - c. 1,224 BCE
    Other probable dates for the construction of Abu Simbel.
  • 750 BCE
    Iron working is introduced to Egypt.
  • 196 BCE
    The Rosetta Stone was made, a stela carrying a priestly decree from the reign of Ptolemy V in three languages: Egyptian hieroglyphs, demotic and Greek script.

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6,000 BCE: Nile River Valley first inhabited.
 
 
5,500 BCE: Oldest faience workshop in Egypt founded at Abydos.
 
5,000 BCE: Organised farming begins in Egypt.
 
 
4,000 BCE: Depictions of gods and afterlife on walls of Egyptian tombs.
 
3,200 BCE: Hieroglyphic script developed in Egypt.
 
 
3,150 BCE - 2,613 BCE: Early Dynastic period in Egypt. First Kings.
 
2,667 BCE - 2,648 BCE: Imhotep in Egypt writes medical texts describing diagnosis and treatment of 100 diseases and 48 injuries.
 
 
2,560 BCE: The Great Pyramid is constructed by Pharaoh Khufu (Cheops).
 
2,500 BCE: The Great Sphinx is built at Giza.
 
1,800 BCE: The Kahun Gynecological Papyrus deals with women's health and contraception.
 
1,800 BCE: Bronze working introduced to Egypt.
 
1,600 BCE: Earliest Egyptian water-clocks in use.
 
 
1,550 BCE: Composition of The Book of the Dead in Egypt.
 
 
1,504 BCE - 1,492 BCE: Egyptian empire reaches greatest extent under Tuthmosis I.
 
1,479 BCE - 1,458 BCE: Queen Hatshepsut rules Egypt.
 
 
1,279 BCE - 1,212 BCE: Reign of Ramesses II (The Great) in Egypt.
 
1,274 BCE: Battle of Kadesh between Pharaoh Ramesses II of Egypt and King Muwatalli II of the Hittites.
 
 
1,264 BCE - 1,244 BCE: Probable dates for the construction of Abu Simbel.
 
 
1,258 BCE: The Treaty of Kadesh between Egyptians and Hittites. The world's first peace treaty.
 
 
1,244 BCE - 1,224 BCE: Other probable dates for the construction of Abu Simbel.
 
750 BCE: Iron working is introduced to Egypt.
 
196 BCE: The Rosetta Stone was made, a stela carrying a priestly decree from the reign of Ptolemy V in three languages: Egyptian hieroglyphs, demotic and Greek script.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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