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6000 BCE - 3150 BCE: Burial rituals develop during the Predynastic Period in Egypt.
6000 BCE: Burial of the dead in Egypt.
6000 BCE: Earliest Egyptian mastabas dug at Saqqara.
5000 BCE: Dead buried with grave goods at Banpo Village, China.
5000 BCE: Evidence of burial in Sumer.
4300 BCE: First megalithic tombs in Europe.
4000 BCE - 2300 BCE: Depictions of ships in stone (in burial settings) and metal found in Scandinavia.
4000 BCE: Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery begins in Sligo, Ireland.
4000 BCE: Depictions of gods and afterlife on walls of Egyptian tombs.
3300 BCE: Early Harappan Civilization of India practices burial of the dead.
3300 BCE: Newgrange Burial Mound constructed in Ireland.
3200 BCE: Hieroglyphic script developed in Egypt.
3150 BCE - 30 BCE: Burial rituals in Egypt are strictly observed to ensure the eternal life of the soul, including mummification, grave goods, and elaborate funerary rites.
3000 BCE - 2000 BCE: First rock-cut burial chambers at Akrotiri.
3000 BCE: Stone tombs on Crete.
3000 BCE: Tomb of the Eagles created in Scotland.
3000 BCE - 2800 BCE: Maeshowe Passage Grave completed in Scotland.
2800 BCE: Later Harappan Civilization turns to cremation over burial.
2670 BCE - 2650 BCE: The Step Pyramid is built by Imhotep under reign of King Djoser.
2613 BCE - 2181 BCE: The pyramid tombs of Giza are constructed during the Old Kingdom period of Egypt.
2600 BCE - 2000 BCE: The Royal Graves of Ur used in Sumer.
2600 BCE: Mayan Culture buries their dead individually under homes.
2560 BCE: The Great Pyramid of Giza is constructed by Pharaoh Khufu (Cheops).
1700 BCE - 1600 BCE: First shaft graves constructed at Mycenae.
1550 BCE - 1070 BCE: Composition of the Egyptian Book of the Dead.
1500 BCE - 1400 BCE: First palace structure and Treasury of Atreus tomb built at Mycenae.
1500 BCE: First tholos tombs built at Mycenae.
1100 BCE: Greeks implement use of individual tombs and graves.
700 BCE: Tomb of Mayan King K'utz Chman of Retalhuleu constructed in Guatemala.
500 BCE - 300 BCE: Rich Scythian burials.
425 CE - 450 CE: Earliest Anglo-Saxon burial in Britain.