- 4000 - 2000
Timeline: 4000 to 2001 BCE
4000 The wooden plow is being
used in central Europe. Agriculture has spread to what today is Britain
4000 Some agricultural hubs have come into being in southern
Scandinavia. A Danish science magazine, Videnskab, in the year 2013
will write: " The people in these hubs had a different approach to the
flint axe than the contemporary hunter-gatherers did. This indicates
that the first Scandinavian farmers moved from the south and that it
wasn't local hunter-gatherers that got the grand idea to begin farming."
4000 It is hypothesized that in the Eurasian steppes, horses
have begun to be domesticated.
4000-3000 In Europe farmers' genetic signature has become
melded with that of the indigenous Europeans.
3600 In southwest Asia, copper is being mixed with tin to
produce a metal harder than copper: bronze. Around this time the
Sumerians create a system of writing that is for enumurating - counting.
3500 Sumerians have migrated to Mesopotamia and have taken
over villages and the agriculture of others. Food surpluses are
allowing a diversity of occupations to develop: soldier, farmer,
craftsperson, merchant. Individual possession of land has been
replacing communal possession.
3500 What is today known as the Sahara Desert begins forming
in North Africa. People flee from drought to the Nile River, where they
trap water for irrigation and begin an intense agriculture in what is
3500 Settlements exist in what today is northern Israel.
3500 In what today is Kazakhstan, people are riding, milking
and eating horses.
3300 A man dies crossing the mountain range known today as the Alps. In
1991 CE his body will be found and he will be given the nickname "Ötzi"
(ice man). A Computed Tomography (CT) scan of his body will find an
arrowhead embedded in his back that was unhealed, indicating it may
have been a factor in his death.
3100 In the Fertile Crescent (an area which encompasses what
is now Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Iraq), objects made of
conch shells are imported from what is today Pakistan. Transport costs
leave the items of trade exclusive to those elites who possess the
wealth to pay for them.
3000 In what today is western Finland, people were chewing a
gummy, sugarless birch bark tar for use as an adhesive, but which also
had antiseptic properties. It helped fight gum infections and chewing
after meals helped fight tooth decay.
3000 Among the Sumerians, democratic assemblies are giving
way to the authority of kings. Priesthood is becoming distinct from
working alongside others in the fields. Field labor is described as
deserved subservience to the gods. Hardship is seen as a product of
sin. People and animals are still sacrificed to gods. Floods are common
and a story of a great flood exists. Trade and wealth are pursued.
Competition for power between the kings of city-states produces wars of
conquest. The warrior tradition continues with men dominating women.
With commerce, cuneiform writing develops.
3000 The Persian Gulf is a major artery of commerce. The ways
of Mesopotamians are spreading to Egypt and Greece.
3000 Writing has developed in Egypt believed by some scholars
in modern times to have been derived from the Sumerians. Words and
ideas but not sound are represented by the most simple of pictures -
3000 Egypt is united through warfare. There, human and animal
sacrifices continue. Egyptians have many gods but Egypt has little rain
and no myth of a flood. The rule of Egyptian kings is claimed to be
associated with the gods. Kings are believed descended from the gods
and more deserving than common people.
2700 The Sumerians have expanded their writing, marks on clay
tablets that represent syllables of their spoken langage: phonological
2700 It is estimated that around this time Minoan
civilization, on the island of Crete, begins - built by seagoing
tradesmen. Rule is to be by the wealthy with a well-organized
bureaucracy. Workmen will produce fine vases, sheet metal, tweezers,
stonework and other artifacts.
2700 In the Americas, corn, beans, chilies and squash are
among cultivated plants.
2600 Agricultural people give rise to the city-settlement of
Mohenjo-daro in the Indus Valley in what today is India.
2600 In the Middle East, oxen are pulling wooden plows,
cutting deeper into soil.
2500 In the Fertile Crescent, the new imports are ceramic
jars, copper tools and jewelry. Transportation costs make these items
of trade too expensive for all but wealthy elites. Common people are
still using stone tools.
2500-2000 Farmers appear in what today are the Philippines
and eventually in what today is Indonesia. They are said to have had
the Dapenkeng culture style of pottery.
2500 Around now, Bronze Age pastoralists from Southern Russia
move into Europe's heartland. A DNA study will produce a conclusion
that the pastoralists will contribute to 50 percent of some modern
north Europeans. Southern Europeans will appear to have been less
affected by the expansion, this according to BBC News, March 2, 2015,
which adds: "Most indigenous European tongues, from English to Russian
and Spanish to Greek, belong to the Indo-European group. The
classification is based on shared features of vocabulary and grammar."
2300 Indo-Europeans move into southern Greece conquering the
current population and making themselves into an aristocracy over those
who had migrated there many centuries before. These latest migrants are
to be known as the Mycenae Greeks, who have gods similar to other
Indo-Europeans, including a father god.
2300 In what today is England, the stone monument Stonehenge
is built. (Carbon dating performed in the year of 2008.)
2250 The Mycenae Greeks are in contact with sea-going
tradesmen, the Minoans of Crete - a commercial society ruled by the
2200 Troy, a coastal town in Asia Minor, known as Troy II
among archaeologists (a second level settlement with numerous others to
be built on top in coming centuries) is destroyed by fire.
2200 A Semite to be known as Sargon the Great takes power in
the Sumerian city of Kish. He conquers in the name of the Sumerian god
Enlil and builds an empire across Mesopotamia and Syria.
2200 The settlements in what today is northern Israel have
2150 The empire of Sargon's grandson, Naramsim, is overrun by
migrating Gutiens. Naramsin's subjects blame their misfortune on their
having angered their gods.
2130 Reduced waters in the Nile are accompanied by political
upheaval. Instability within the royal families of Egypt have ended
previous dynasties, and now an eighth dynasty of kings loses power. Two
hundred years of political chaos has begun. Common folks attack the
rich and local lords assume power independent of any king.
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