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Cuneiform, ca 3100 B.C.

30,000 – 1,000 BC

Historical Events BC
30,000–20,000 Blade tools of bone and antler. Bone fragments with markings.
First sculpture: female figurines. Stone spear points. Body ornaments. Ceramic articles.
Complex burials with grave offerings.
Pictographs appear suggesting an early form of visual communication.

20,000–10,000 Invention of eyed needle. Tailored skin clothing. Spear–throwing device.
Stone oil lamps. Cave paintings. Barbed harpoons. Bow and arrows. Early rope.
First settlers fom Asia in New World. Six–hole flute.

10,000–5000 End of Ice Age. Domestication of sheep and goats.
Cultivation of wheat and barley. Introduction of pottery Mining of copper.

ca.5000 Linen produced in Middle East.
4241 Earliest date in Egyptian calendar.
First year of Jewish calendar.
ca.3300 Wheeled vehicles, plows, sailboats, potter's wheels, and writing paper appear.
ca.3100 Cuneiform writing developed by Sumerians in Mesopotamia, now Iraq.
ca.3000 Baked bread, brewed beer, minted coins, and astronomical observations appear.
2750 Epic of Gilgamesh, King of Uruk.
2680 Pharaoh Khufu (Cheops) begins Great Pyramid at Giza.
2500 Papyrus and bows and arrows introduced.
2258 End of Old Kingdom in Egypt.
ca.2000 Bronze Age in Western Europe.
ca.1800 Stonehenge, England, active as religious center.
ca.1750 Code of Hammurabi in Babylon—the first written legal system.
ca.1700 Phaistos disc found in Crete and still undeciphered.
ca.1500 Moses receives Ten Commandments on Mt. Sinai.
ca.1385 Pharaoh Ikhnaton attempts to establish a religion with sun god Aton as supreme god.
ca.1350 Tutankhamen becomes ruler of Egypt.
ca.1200 Troy destroyed during Trojan War. Iron comes into use.
ca.1075 Collapse of Assyria.
ca.1002 Saul becomes first king of Israel.
ca.1000 Phoenicians import tin from Cornwall, England. Camels in common use in Middle East.
ca.850 Moabite stone of King Mesa written in early Semitic alphabet.
ca.700 Cypriotic syllabary written with fifty–six signs representing syllables.

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