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5500 BCE: Oldest faience workshop in Egypt founded at Abydos.
 
5200 BCE: Nile River Valley first inhabited.
 
5000 BCE: Organised farming begins in Egypt.
 
 
4000 BCE: Depictions of gods and afterlife on walls of Egyptian tombs.
 
3200 BCE: Hieroglyphic script developed in Egypt.
 
 
3150 BCE - 2686 BCE: Early Dynastic period in Egypt. First Pharaos.
 
2667 BCE - 2648 BCE: Imhotep in Egypt writes medical texts describing diagnosis and treatment of 200 diseases.
 
2630 BCE: First pyramid is built at Saqqara, Egypt.
 
 
2550 BCE - 2528 BCE: The Great Pyramid is constructed by Pharaoh Khufu (Cheops).
 
2500 BCE: The Great Sphinx is built at Giza.
 
1800 BCE: The Kahun Gynecological Papyrus deals with women's health and contraception.
 
1800 BCE: Bronze working introduced to Egypt.
 
1600 BCE: Earliest Egyptian water-clocks in use.
 
 
1550 BCE: Composition of The Book of the Dead in Egypt.
 
 
1504 BCE - 1492 BCE: Egyptian empire reaches greatest extent under Tuthmosis I.
 
1479 BCE - 1458 BCE: Queen Hatshepsut rules Egypt.
 
 
1279 BCE - 1212 BCE: Reign of Ramesses II (The Great) in Egypt.
 
1274 BCE: Battle of Kadesh between Pharaoh Ramesses II of Egypt and King Muwatalli II of the Hittites.
 
 
1264 BCE - 1244 BCE: Probable dates for the construction of Abu Simbel.
 
 
1258 BCE: The Treaty of Kadesh between Egyptians and Hittites. The world's first peace treaty.
 
 
1244 BCE - 1224 BCE: Other probable dates for the construction of Abu Simbel.
 
750 BCE: Iron working is introduced to Egypt.
 
196 BCE: The Rosetta Stone was made, a stela carrying a priestly decree from the reign of Ptolemy V in three languages: Egyptian hieroglyphs, demotic and Greek script.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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  • 5500 BCE
    Oldest faience workshop in Egypt founded at Abydos.
  • c. 5200 BCE
    Nile River Valley first inhabited.
  • 5000 BCE
    Organised farming begins in Egypt.
  • c. 4000 BCE
    Depictions of gods and afterlife on walls of Egyptian tombs.
  • 3200 BCE
    Hieroglyphic script developed in Egypt.
  • 3150 BCE - 2686 BCE
    Early Dynastic period in Egypt. First Pharaos.
  • 2667 BCE - 2648 BCE
    Imhotep in Egypt writes medical texts describing diagnosis and treatment of 200 diseases.
  • 2630 BCE
    First pyramid is built at Saqqara, Egypt.
  • 2550 BCE - 2528 BCE
    The Great Pyramid is constructed by Pharaoh Khufu (Cheops).
  • c. 2500 BCE
    The Great Sphinx is built at Giza.
  • c. 1800 BCE
    The Kahun Gynecological Papyrus deals with women's health and contraception.
  • 1800 BCE
    Bronze working introduced to Egypt.
  • c. 1600 BCE
    Earliest Egyptian water-clocks in use.
  • c. 1550 BCE
    Composition of The Book of the Dead in Egypt.
  • 1504 BCE - 1492 BCE
    Egyptian empire reaches greatest extent under Tuthmosis I.
  • 1479 BCE - 1458 BCE
    Queen Hatshepsut rules Egypt.
  • 1279 BCE - 1212 BCE
    Reign of Ramesses II (The Great) in Egypt.
  • 1274 BCE
    Battle of Kadesh between Pharaoh Ramesses II of Egypt and King Muwatalli II of the Hittites.
  • c. 1264 BCE - c. 1244 BCE
    Probable dates for the construction of Abu Simbel.
  • 1258 BCE
    The Treaty of Kadesh between Egyptians and Hittites. The world's first peace treaty.
  • c. 1244 BCE - c. 1224 BCE
    Other probable dates for the construction of Abu Simbel.
  • 750 BCE
    Iron working is introduced to Egypt.
  • 196 BCE
    The Rosetta Stone was made, a stela carrying a priestly decree from the reign of Ptolemy V in three languages: Egyptian hieroglyphs, demotic and Greek script.
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