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  • c. 5,400 BCE
    The City of Eridu is founded.
  • c. 5,000 BCE
    Godin Tepe settled
  • 5,000 BCE - 1,750 BCE
    Sumerian civilization in the Tigris-Euphrates valley.
  • c. 5,000 BCE
    Sumer inhabited by Ubaid people.
  • c. 5,000 BCE
    Evidence of burial in Sumer.
  • c. 5,000 BCE - 4,100 BCE
    The Ubaid Period in Sumer.
  • c. 4,500 BCE
    The Sumerians built their first temple.
  • c. 4,500 BCE
    The City of Uruk founded.
  • 4,100 BCE - 2,900 BCE
    Uruk Period in Sumer.
  • c. 3,600 BCE
    Invention of writing in Sumer at Uruk.
  • c. 3,500 BCE
    First written evidence of religion in Sumerian cuneiform.
  • c. 3,200 BCE
    First instance of written language in Sumerian.
  • c. 3,000 BCE
    Sumer civilization in Mesopotamia use gold in jewellery manufacture.
  • 2,900 BCE - 2,334 BCE
    Early Dynastic Period in Sumer.
  • 2,900 BCE - 2,334 BCE
    The Early Dynastic Period in Sumer.
  • 2,700 BCE
    Hatti people establish trade with the city of Sumer.
  • c. 2,600 BCE - c. 2,000 BCE
    The Royal Graves of Ur used in Sumer.
  • 2,500 BCE
    First Dynasty of Lagash under King Eannutum is first empire in Mesopotamia.
  • c. 2,500 BCE
    Beginning of literature in Sumerian.
  • 2,350 BCE
    First code of laws by Urukagina, king of Lagash.
  • 2,334 BCE - 2,218 BCE
    The Akkadian Empire rules Sumer.
  • 2,218 BCE - 2,047 BCE
    The Gutian Period in Sumer.
  • c. 2,150 BCE - c. 1,400 BCE
    The Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh written on clay tablets.
  • 2,100 BCE
    The Reign of Utu-Hegal at Uruk in Sumer and creation of Sumerian King List.
  • c. 2,055 BCE - 2,047 BCE
    Utu Hegel's reign over Sumerian and Akkadian cities.
  • 2,047 BCE - 1,750 BCE
    The Ur III Period in Sumer, known as the Sumerian Renaissance.
  • 2,047 BCE - 2,030 BCE
    Ur-Nammu's reign over Sumer.
  • 2,047 BCE - 1,750 BCE
    The Ur III Period in Sumer. Great Wall of Uruk still standing.
  • 2,047 BCE - 1,750 BCE
    Ur III Period in Sumer.
  • c. 2,038 BCE
    King Shulgi of Ur builds his great wall in Sumer.
  • 2,030 BCE
    The Gutians rise again against Sumer. Ur-Nammu killed in battle.
  • c. 1,990 BCE
    Construction of the Great Wall to keep the Amorites from Sumer.
  • c. 1,772 BCE
    The Code of Hammurabi: One of the earliest codes of law in the world.
  • 1,750 BCE
    Elamite invasion and Amorite migration ends the Sumerian civilization.
  • c. 1,120 BCE
    The Sumerian Enuma Elish (creation story) is written.

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5,400 BCE: The City of Eridu is founded.
 
5,000 BCE: Godin Tepe settled
 
 
5,000 BCE - 1,750 BCE: Sumerian civilization in the Tigris-Euphrates valley.
 
5,000 BCE: Sumer inhabited by Ubaid people.
 
 
5,000 BCE: Evidence of burial in Sumer.
 
5,000 BCE - 4,100 BCE: The Ubaid Period in Sumer.
 
 
4,500 BCE: The Sumerians built their first temple.
 
4,500 BCE: The City of Uruk founded.
 
4,100 BCE - 2,900 BCE: Uruk Period in Sumer.
 
 
3,600 BCE: Invention of writing in Sumer at Uruk.
 
 
3,500 BCE: First written evidence of religion in Sumerian cuneiform.
 
3,200 BCE: First instance of written language in Sumerian.
 
 
3,000 BCE: Sumer civilization in Mesopotamia use gold in jewellery manufacture.
 
 
2,900 BCE - 2,334 BCE: Early Dynastic Period in Sumer.
 
2,900 BCE - 2,334 BCE: The Early Dynastic Period in Sumer.
 
2,700 BCE: Hatti people establish trade with the city of Sumer.
 
 
2,600 BCE - 2,000 BCE: The Royal Graves of Ur used in Sumer.
 
 
2,500 BCE: First Dynasty of Lagash under King Eannutum is first empire in Mesopotamia.
 
2,500 BCE: Beginning of literature in Sumerian.
 
 
2,350 BCE: First code of laws by Urukagina, king of Lagash.
 
 
2,334 BCE - 2,218 BCE: The Akkadian Empire rules Sumer.
 
2,218 BCE - 2,047 BCE: The Gutian Period in Sumer.
 
 
2,150 BCE - 1,400 BCE: The Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh written on clay tablets.
 
 
2,100 BCE: The Reign of Utu-Hegal at Uruk in Sumer and creation of Sumerian King List.
 
2,055 BCE - 2,047 BCE: Utu Hegel's reign over Sumerian and Akkadian cities.
 
 
2,047 BCE - 1,750 BCE: The Ur III Period in Sumer, known as the Sumerian Renaissance.
 
2,047 BCE - 2,030 BCE: Ur-Nammu's reign over Sumer.
 
 
2,047 BCE - 1,750 BCE: The Ur III Period in Sumer. Great Wall of Uruk still standing.
 
2,047 BCE - 1,750 BCE: Ur III Period in Sumer.
 
 
2,038 BCE: King Shulgi of Ur builds his great wall in Sumer.
 
 
2,030 BCE: The Gutians rise again against Sumer. Ur-Nammu killed in battle.
 
 
1,990 BCE: Construction of the Great Wall to keep the Amorites from Sumer.
 
 
1,772 BCE: The Code of Hammurabi: One of the earliest codes of law in the world.
 
 
1,750 BCE: Elamite invasion and Amorite migration ends the Sumerian civilization.
 
 
1,120 BCE: The Sumerian Enuma Elish (creation story) is written.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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