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  • prehistoric - 3500 BCE
    Lithic or Archaic Period in South America.
  • 10000 BCE - 5000 BCE
    The Incipient phase of the Jomon Period, earliest known pottery in the world made during this time.
  • 7000 BCE - 2000 BCE
    The Archaic Period in Mesoamerica during which hunter-gatherer culture moved toward agriculture.
  • c. 6000 BCE - c. 3150 BCE
    Rulers of the Predynastic Period of Egypt known as "Followers of Horus".
  • c. 6000 BCE - c. 3150 BCE
    Uat-Ur mentioned in latter Predynastic Period in Egypt as name for Mediterranean Sea.
  • c. 6000 BCE - c. 3150 BCE
    Anubis is developed as a god of the dead during the Predynastic Period in Egypt.
  • c. 6000 BCE - c. 3150 BCE
    Worship of Osiris begins in Pre-Dynastic Period of Egypt.
  • c. 6000 BCE - c. 3150 BCE
    Nepthys is a popular goddess during the Predynastic Period in Egypt.
  • c. 6000 BCE - 3150 BCE
    The Predynastic Period in Egypt.
  • c. 6000 BCE - c. 3150 BCE
    Djed symbol in use during the Predynastic Period in Egypt.
  • 5000 BCE - 3000 BCE
    The Early phase of the Jomon Period.
  • c. 5000 BCE - 4100 BCE
    The Ubaid Period in Sumer.
  • 4100 BCE - 2900 BCE
    Uruk Period in Sumer.
  • 4100 BCE - 2900 BCE
    Uruk Period in Mesopotamia. First cities.
  • 3500 BCE - 1800 BCE
    Preceramic or Formative Period in South America.
  • c. 3500 BCE - c. 3100 BCE
    Period V - Writing, crafts and pottery produced. Beer and wine brewed.
  • c. 3300 BCE - 2600 BCE
    Neolithic site of Barnhouse Settlement occupied.
  • c. 3200 BCE - 3150 BCE
    Naqada III Period Culture in Ancient Egypt.
  • c. 3200 BCE - 2700 BCE
    Proto-Elamite period.
  • c. 3150 BCE - c. 2613 BCE
    Neith is worshiped as a war goddess during the Early Dynastic Period in Egypt.
  • c. 3150 BCE - c. 2613 BCE
    Ankh symbol appears during the Early Dynastic Period in Egypt.
  • c. 3150 BCE
    Serket associated with the Scorpion Kings of the Predynastic Period in Egypt.
  • c. 3150 BCE - c. 2613 BCE
    Set is worshiped as a hero-god during Early Dynastic Period of Egypt.
  • c. 3150 BCE - c. 2613 BCE
    Kings of the Early Dynastic Period associate themselves with Horus.
  • 3150 BCE - 2613 BCE
  • 3150 BCE - 2613 BCE
    The Early Dynastic Period in Egypt; beginning of historic dynasties.
  • c. 3100 BCE - c. 2500 BCE
    Megalithic Period in which majority of standing stone sites were constructed.
  • c. 3000 BCE - c. 2800 BCE
    The Neolithic chambered cairn known as Maeshowe constructed and in use.
  • c. 3000 BCE
    Aegina inhabited during Neolithic period.
  • c. 3000 BCE - c. 2650 BCE
    Period IV - elaborate architecture, metal working. Godin Tepe invaded c. 2400 BCE.
  • 3000 BCE - 1000 BCE
    The Middle phase of the Jomon Period.
  • c. 2950 BCE - c. 2650 BCE
    The first of the city phases of the Syro-Mesopotamian city of Mari. This period is called "City I" in the archaeological literature.
  • 2900 BCE - 2334 BCE
    Early Dynastic Period in Sumer.
  • 2900 BCE - 2334 BCE
    The Early Dynastic Period in Sumer.
  • 2700 BCE - 1600 BCE
    Old Elamite period.
  • c. 2630 BCE - 2613 BCE
    Reign of King Huni in Egypt, last ruler of the Third Dynasty, Early Dynastic Period.
  • c. 2613 BCE - c. 2181 BCE
    The Period of the Old Kingdom of Egypt.
  • c. 2613 BCE - c. 2181 BCE
    Serket is invoked in protective spells during the period of the Old Kingdom in Egypt.
  • c. 2613 BCE - c. 2181 BCE
    Anubis is the sole God of the Dead during the Old Kingdom period in Egypt.
  • c. 2613 BCE - c. 2181 BCE
    The goddess Ma'at first appears during the period of the Old Kingdom in Egypt.
  • c. 2613 BCE - c. 2181 BCE
    The Old Kingdom Period in Egypt.
  • c. 2600 BCE - c. 1600 BCE
    Period III - Godin Tepe at its height with flourishing trade, advances in metal working and arts. Most populous area in the region until destroyed by earthquake.
  • c. 2550 BCE - c. 2220 BCE
    The second of three city phases of the Syro-Mesopotamian city of Mari. This period is called 'City II' in the archaeological literature.
  • c. 2500 BCE - c. 2000 BCE
    The Balnuaran of Clava (Clava Cairns) is built.
  • c. 2220 BCE - c. 1761 BCE
    The third and final city phase of the Syro-Mesopotamian city of Mari. This period is called 'City III' in the archaeological literature.
  • 2218 BCE - 2047 BCE
    The Gutian Period in Sumer.
  • c. 2181 BCE - c. 2040 BCE
    The First Intermediate Period in Egypt.
  • c. 2181 BCE - c. 2040 BCE
    Capital of Egypt moves from Memphis to Herakleopolis during the First Intermediate Period.
  • c. 2181 BCE - c. 2040 BCE
    First Intermediate Period in Egypt.
  • c. 2061 BCE - c. 2010 BCE
    Reign of Mentuhotep II of Thebes who unites Egypt under central rule and initiates the period of the Middle Kingdom.
  • 2047 BCE - 1750 BCE
    The Ur III Period in Sumer, known as the Sumerian Renaissance.
  • 2047 BCE - 1750 BCE
    The Ur III Period in Sumer. Great Wall of Uruk still standing.
  • 2047 BCE - 1750 BCE
    Ur III Period in Sumer.
  • c. 2000 BCE - c. 1700 BCE
    First Minoan Palatial period.
  • c. 2000 BCE - c. 1450 BCE
    Minoan Palatial period at Zakros.
  • c. 2000 BCE - 1600 BCE
    Amorite period in Mesopotamia.
  • c. 1830 BCE - c. 1760 BCE
    The Amorite period of Mari.
  • c. 1800 BCE - c. 1750 BCE
    Probable period of composition for The Queen of the Night in southern Mesopotamia.
  • 1800 BCE - 750 BCE
    Intial Period in South America.
  • c. 1782 BCE - c. 1570 BCE
    Second Intermediate Period in Egypt.
  • 1782 BCE - 1570 BCE
    The Second Intermediate Period in Egypt.
  • c. 1570 BCE - c. 1069 BCE
    Period of The New Kingdom in Egypt.
  • c. 1570 BCE
    Ahmose I of Thebes drives the Hyksos from Egypt and unifies the nation under Theban rule, ushering in the New Kingdom period of Egypt. .
  • 1570 BCE - 1069 BCE
    Serket included in some versions of the Osiris Myth during the period of the New Kingdom in Egypt.
  • 1570 BCE - 1069 BCE
    Set is firmly associated with the Osiris Myth as murderer and usurper during the New Kingdom Period in Egypt.
  • 1570 BCE - 1069 BCE
    The Egyptian Book of the Dead printed on demand throughout Egypt; book is a best-seller from period of the New Kingdom onwards.
  • c. 1550 BCE - c. 1100 BCE
    Mycenaean Period. Agora established at Athens.
  • c. 1500 BCE - 500 BCE
    The Vedic Period in India.
  • 1500 BCE - 1100 BCE
    Middle Elamite period.
  • 1500 BCE - 539 BCE
    Neo-Elamite period.
  • c. 1450 BCE
    Earthquake and fire ends the Minoan period at Malia.
  • c. 1450 BCE - c. 1400 BCE
    Minoan Palatial period superseded by Mycenaean.
  • 1353 BCE - 1336 BCE
    The Amarna Period in Egypt.
  • 1353 BCE - 1336 BCE
    Ankh used in the Amarna Period of Egypt by Akhenaten, linked to the god Aten.
  • c. 1318 BCE - 1307 BCE
    Period of stagnation for the empire.
  • 1292 BCE - 1069 BCE
    Temples to Nepthys enjoy great popularity during Ramessid Period in Egypt.
  • 1200 BCE - 300 BCE
    The Olmec Period which saw the rise of the Olmec culture's work in stone, first major cities appear.
  • 1069 BCE - 653 BCE
    Third Intermediate Period in Egypt.
  • c. 1069 BCE - c. 525 BCE
    Expansion continues during disunity of the Third Intermediate Period.
  • 1000 BCE - 300 BCE
    The Late phase of the Jomon Period, rice farming and metalworking are brought to Japan.
  • 841 BCE - 828 BCE
    Gonghe Regancy in the Western Zhou Dynasty.During this period, King Li of Zhou was exiled and the country was ruled by two dukes.
  • c. 800 BCE - 500 BCE
  • 772 BCE - 476 BCE
    The Spring and Autumn Period.
  • 771 BCE
    Following nomadic attacks in the west, the Chinese Zhou dynasty moves its capital east to Luoyang. Beginning of Eastern Zhou Period.
  • 753 BCE - 510 BCE
    Regal Period of ancient Rome from Founding to Birth of the Republic.
  • 750 BCE - 200 BCE
    Early Horizon Period in South America.
  • 750 BCE - 500 BCE
    Period II - The Medes occupy the site and a great Median palace is built. Ties to Pasargadae evident.
  • 600 BCE - 800 CE
    The Zapotec Period in which writing, mathematics, and astronomy were disseminated. Calendar developed.
  • 480 BCE - 323 BCE
    The Classical Period in Greece.
  • 479 BCE - 432 CE
    The period of Thucydides' Pentecontaetia in ancient Greece.
  • 476 BCE - 221 BCE
    Warring States Period in China, Legalism develops in response to the horrors of war.
  • 476 BCE - 221 BCE
    The Warring States Period in China, suggested time-period for composition of The Art of War.
  • 476 BCE - 221 BCE
    Period of the Warring States in China.
  • 476 BCE - 221 BCE
    The Warring States Period in China.
  • 476 BCE - 221 BCE
    Warring States Period in China.
  • c. 460 BCE - c. 320 CE
    Period of full and direct citizen democracy in Athens.
  • 400 BCE - 330 BCE
    The Late Classical Period in Greece.
  • 334 BCE - 323 BCE
    Period of the conquests of Alexander the Great.
  • 330 BCE - 64 BCE
    Hellenistic Period in Byblos.
  • 323 BCE - 30 BCE
    Best known version of The Lamentations of Isis and Nepthys from the period of the Ptolemaic Dynasty of Egypt.
  • 323 BCE
    Death of Alexander the Great, beginning of The Hellenistic Period / The Hellenistic World.
  • 300 BCE - 300 CE
    The Yayoi Period of Japan.
  • 300 BCE
    The transition to the Yayoi Period.
  • 770 CE
    Last recorded use of Clava Cairns site in antiquity.
  • 1850 CE
    Buried Neolithic Age village of Skara Brae uncovered by storm.
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prehistoric - 3500 BCE: Lithic or Archaic Period in South America.
 
10000 BCE - 5000 BCE: The Incipient phase of the Jomon Period, earliest known pottery in the world made during this time.
 
7000 BCE - 2000 BCE: The Archaic Period in Mesoamerica during which hunter-gatherer culture moved toward agriculture.
 
 
6000 BCE - 3150 BCE: Rulers of the Predynastic Period of Egypt known as "Followers of Horus".
 
6000 BCE - 3150 BCE: Uat-Ur mentioned in latter Predynastic Period in Egypt as name for Mediterranean Sea.
 
6000 BCE - 3150 BCE: Anubis is developed as a god of the dead during the Predynastic Period in Egypt.
 
6000 BCE - 3150 BCE: Worship of Osiris begins in Pre-Dynastic Period of Egypt.
 
6000 BCE - 3150 BCE: Nepthys is a popular goddess during the Predynastic Period in Egypt.
 
6000 BCE - 3150 BCE: The Predynastic Period in Egypt.
 
6000 BCE - 3150 BCE: Djed symbol in use during the Predynastic Period in Egypt.
 
5000 BCE - 3000 BCE: The Early phase of the Jomon Period.
 
5000 BCE - 4100 BCE: The Ubaid Period in Sumer.
 
4100 BCE - 2900 BCE: Uruk Period in Sumer.
 
4100 BCE - 2900 BCE: Uruk Period in Mesopotamia. First cities.
 
3500 BCE - 1800 BCE: Preceramic or Formative Period in South America.
 
3500 BCE - 3100 BCE: Period V - Writing, crafts and pottery produced. Beer and wine brewed.
 
 
3300 BCE - 2600 BCE: Neolithic site of Barnhouse Settlement occupied.
 
3200 BCE - 3150 BCE: Naqada III Period Culture in Ancient Egypt.
 
3200 BCE - 2700 BCE: Proto-Elamite period.
 
 
3150 BCE - 2613 BCE: Neith is worshiped as a war goddess during the Early Dynastic Period in Egypt.
 
3150 BCE - 2613 BCE: Ankh symbol appears during the Early Dynastic Period in Egypt.
 
 
3150 BCE: Serket associated with the Scorpion Kings of the Predynastic Period in Egypt.
 
3150 BCE - 2613 BCE: Set is worshiped as a hero-god during Early Dynastic Period of Egypt.
 
 
3150 BCE - 2613 BCE: Kings of the Early Dynastic Period associate themselves with Horus.
 
 
3150 BCE - 2613 BCE: Early Dynastic period in Egypt. First Kings.
 
3150 BCE - 2613 BCE: The Early Dynastic Period in Egypt; beginning of historic dynasties.
 
3100 BCE - 2500 BCE: Megalithic Period in which majority of standing stone sites were constructed.
 
 
3000 BCE - 2800 BCE: The Neolithic chambered cairn known as Maeshowe constructed and in use.
 
3000 BCE: Aegina inhabited during Neolithic period.
 
3000 BCE - 2650 BCE: Period IV - elaborate architecture, metal working. Godin Tepe invaded c. 2400 BCE.
 
3000 BCE - 1000 BCE: The Middle phase of the Jomon Period.
 
 
2950 BCE - 2650 BCE: The first of the city phases of the Syro-Mesopotamian city of Mari. This period is called "City I" in the archaeological literature.
 
 
2900 BCE - 2334 BCE: Early Dynastic Period in Sumer.
 
2900 BCE - 2334 BCE: The Early Dynastic Period in Sumer.
 
2700 BCE - 1600 BCE: Old Elamite period.
 
 
2630 BCE - 2613 BCE: Reign of King Huni in Egypt, last ruler of the Third Dynasty, Early Dynastic Period.
 
2613 BCE - 2181 BCE: The Period of the Old Kingdom of Egypt.
 
2613 BCE - 2181 BCE: Serket is invoked in protective spells during the period of the Old Kingdom in Egypt.
 
2613 BCE - 2181 BCE: Anubis is the sole God of the Dead during the Old Kingdom period in Egypt.
 
2613 BCE - 2181 BCE: The goddess Ma'at first appears during the period of the Old Kingdom in Egypt.
 
 
2613 BCE - 2181 BCE: The Old Kingdom Period in Egypt.
 
2600 BCE - 1600 BCE: Period III - Godin Tepe at its height with flourishing trade, advances in metal working and arts. Most populous area in the region until destroyed by earthquake.
 
 
2550 BCE - 2220 BCE: The second of three city phases of the Syro-Mesopotamian city of Mari. This period is called 'City II' in the archaeological literature.
 
 
2500 BCE - 2000 BCE: The Balnuaran of Clava (Clava Cairns) is built.
 
 
2220 BCE - 1761 BCE: The third and final city phase of the Syro-Mesopotamian city of Mari. This period is called 'City III' in the archaeological literature.
 
2218 BCE - 2047 BCE: The Gutian Period in Sumer.
 
 
2181 BCE - 2040 BCE: The First Intermediate Period in Egypt.
 
2181 BCE - 2040 BCE: Capital of Egypt moves from Memphis to Herakleopolis during the First Intermediate Period.
 
 
2181 BCE - 2040 BCE: First Intermediate Period in Egypt.
 
 
2061 BCE - 2010 BCE: Reign of Mentuhotep II of Thebes who unites Egypt under central rule and initiates the period of the Middle Kingdom.
 
 
2047 BCE - 1750 BCE: The Ur III Period in Sumer, known as the Sumerian Renaissance.
 
 
2047 BCE - 1750 BCE: The Ur III Period in Sumer. Great Wall of Uruk still standing.
 
2047 BCE - 1750 BCE: Ur III Period in Sumer.
 
2000 BCE - 1700 BCE: First Minoan Palatial period.
 
 
2000 BCE - 1450 BCE: Minoan Palatial period at Zakros.
 
 
2000 BCE - 1600 BCE: Amorite period in Mesopotamia.
 
 
1830 BCE - 1760 BCE: The Amorite period of Mari.
 
 
1800 BCE - 1750 BCE: Probable period of composition for The Queen of the Night in southern Mesopotamia.
 
1800 BCE - 750 BCE: Intial Period in South America.
 
1782 BCE - 1570 BCE: Second Intermediate Period in Egypt.
 
 
1782 BCE - 1570 BCE: The Second Intermediate Period in Egypt.
 
1570 BCE - 1069 BCE: Period of The New Kingdom in Egypt.
 
 
1570 BCE: Ahmose I of Thebes drives the Hyksos from Egypt and unifies the nation under Theban rule, ushering in the New Kingdom period of Egypt. .
 
1570 BCE - 1069 BCE: Serket included in some versions of the Osiris Myth during the period of the New Kingdom in Egypt.
 
1570 BCE - 1069 BCE: Set is firmly associated with the Osiris Myth as murderer and usurper during the New Kingdom Period in Egypt.
 
1570 BCE - 1069 BCE: The Egyptian Book of the Dead printed on demand throughout Egypt; book is a best-seller from period of the New Kingdom onwards.
 
1550 BCE - 1100 BCE: Mycenaean Period. Agora established at Athens.
 
 
1500 BCE - 500 BCE: The Vedic Period in India.
 
1500 BCE - 1100 BCE: Middle Elamite period.
 
1500 BCE - 539 BCE: Neo-Elamite period.
 
 
1450 BCE: Earthquake and fire ends the Minoan period at Malia.
 
 
1450 BCE - 1400 BCE: Minoan Palatial period superseded by Mycenaean.
 
 
1353 BCE - 1336 BCE: The Amarna Period in Egypt.
 
 
1353 BCE - 1336 BCE: Ankh used in the Amarna Period of Egypt by Akhenaten, linked to the god Aten.
 
 
1318 BCE - 1307 BCE: Period of stagnation for the empire.
 
1292 BCE - 1069 BCE: Temples to Nepthys enjoy great popularity during Ramessid Period in Egypt.
 
1200 BCE - 300 BCE: The Olmec Period which saw the rise of the Olmec culture's work in stone, first major cities appear.
 
 
1069 BCE - 653 BCE: Third Intermediate Period in Egypt.
 
 
1069 BCE - 525 BCE: Expansion continues during disunity of the Third Intermediate Period.
 
1000 BCE - 300 BCE: The Late phase of the Jomon Period, rice farming and metalworking are brought to Japan.
 
841 BCE - 828 BCE: Gonghe Regancy in the Western Zhou Dynasty.During this period, King Li of Zhou was exiled and the country was ruled by two dukes.
 
800 BCE - 500 BCE: Archaic period of Greece.
 
 
772 BCE - 476 BCE: The Spring and Autumn Period.
 
 
771 BCE: Following nomadic attacks in the west, the Chinese Zhou dynasty moves its capital east to Luoyang. Beginning of Eastern Zhou Period.
 
753 BCE - 510 BCE: Regal Period of ancient Rome from Founding to Birth of the Republic.
 
750 BCE - 200 BCE: Early Horizon Period in South America.
 
750 BCE - 500 BCE: Period II - The Medes occupy the site and a great Median palace is built. Ties to Pasargadae evident.
 
600 BCE - 800 CE: The Zapotec Period in which writing, mathematics, and astronomy were disseminated. Calendar developed.
 
 
480 BCE - 323 BCE: The Classical Period in Greece.
 
479 BCE - 432 CE: The period of Thucydides' Pentecontaetia in ancient Greece.
 
 
476 BCE - 221 BCE: Warring States Period in China, Legalism develops in response to the horrors of war.
 
 
476 BCE - 221 BCE: The Warring States Period in China, suggested time-period for composition of The Art of War.
 
 
476 BCE - 221 BCE: Period of the Warring States in China.
 
 
476 BCE - 221 BCE: The Warring States Period in China.
 
 
476 BCE - 221 BCE: Warring States Period in China.
 
460 BCE - 320 CE: Period of full and direct citizen democracy in Athens.
 
 
400 BCE - 330 BCE: The Late Classical Period in Greece.
 
 
334 BCE - 323 BCE: Period of the conquests of Alexander the Great.
 
330 BCE - 64 BCE: Hellenistic Period in Byblos.
 
323 BCE - 30 BCE: Best known version of The Lamentations of Isis and Nepthys from the period of the Ptolemaic Dynasty of Egypt.
 
 
323 BCE: Death of Alexander the Great, beginning of The Hellenistic Period / The Hellenistic World.
 
 
300 BCE - 300 CE: The Yayoi Period of Japan.
 
300 BCE: The transition to the Yayoi Period.
 
770 CE: Last recorded use of Clava Cairns site in antiquity.
 
 
1850 CE: Buried Neolithic Age village of Skara Brae uncovered by storm.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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