Burial Timeline

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  • c. 6000 BCE
    Burial of the dead in Egypt.
  • c. 6000 BCE
    Earliest Egyptian mastabas dug at Saqqara.
  • c. 5000 BCE
    Evidence of burial in Sumer.
  • c. 5000 BCE
    Dead buried with grave goods at Banpo Village, China.
  • 4300 BCE
    First megalithic tombs in Europe.
  • c. 4000 BCE
    Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery begins in Sligo, Ireland.
  • c. 3300 BCE
    Early Harappan Civilization of India practices burial of the dead.
  • 3300 BCE
    Newgrange Burial Mound constructed in Ireland.
  • 3000 BCE
    Stone tombs on Crete.
  • 3000 BCE - 2000 BCE
    First rock-cut burial chambers at Akrotiri.
  • 3000 BCE
    Tomb of the Eagles created in Scotland.
  • c. 3000 BCE - c. 2800 BCE
    Maeshowe Passage Grave completed in Scotland.
  • c. 2800 BCE
    Later Harappan Civilization turns to cremation over burial.
  • c. 2600 BCE
    Mayan Culture buries their dead individually under homes.
  • c. 2600 BCE - c. 2000 BCE
    The Royal Graves of Ur used in Sumer.
  • c. 2560 BCE
    The Great Pyramid of Giza is constructed by Pharaoh Khufu (Cheops).
  • c. 1700 BCE - c. 1600 BCE
    First shaft graves constructed at Mycenae.
  • c. 1500 BCE - c. 1400 BCE
    First palace structure and Treasury of Atreus tomb built at Mycenae.
  • c. 1500 BCE
    First tholos tombs built at Mycenae.
  • c. 1100 BCE
    Greeks implement use of individual tombs and graves.
  • c. 700 BCE
    Tomb of Mayan King K'utz Chman of Retalhuleu constructed in Guatemala.
  • 500 BCE - 300 BCE
    Rich Scythian burials.

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