Civilization Timeline

Visual Timeline

To navigate the timeline, click and drag it with your mouse, or click on the timeline overview on the bottom.

Legend:

5000 BCE 4500 BCE 4000 BCE 3500 BCE 3000 BCE 2500 BCE 2000 BCE 1500 BCE 1000 BCE 500 BCE 0 CE 500 CE 1000 CE 1500 CE  
 
 
5000 BCE - 1750 BCE: Sumerian civilization in the Tigris-Euphrates valley.
 
 
5000 BCE - 1500 BCE: The Indus Valley (or Harappan) Civilization.
 
 
3300 BCE: Early Harappan Civilization of India practices burial of the dead.
 
 
3200 BCE - 1100 BCE: The Cycladic Civilization in Greece.
 
 
3000 BCE: Sumer civilization in Mesopotamia use gold in jewellery manufacture.
 
 
2800 BCE: Later Harappan Civilization turns to cremation over burial.
 
 
2700 BCE - 1500 BCE: The Minoan Civilization flourishes on Crete, Greece. King Minos establishes the first navy in the region.
 
 
2000 BCE - 1450 BCE: Minoan civilization in Crete and the Aegean.
 
 
2000 BCE: Pottery wheel introduced to Minoan civilization on Crete.
 
 
1900 BCE - 1100 BCE: Mycenaean civilization in Greece and the Aegean.
 
 
1750 BCE: Elamite invasion and Amorite migration ends the Sumerian civilization.
 
 
1400 BCE - 1100 BCE: Culture in the Cyclades is increasingly influenced by the Mycenaean civilization of mainland Greece.
 
 
1400 BCE: Rhodes has significant contact with the Mycenaean civilization.
 
 
1200 BCE - 400 BCE: The Olmec civilization flourishes in Mesoamerica.
 
 
1200 BCE: San Lorenzo becomes the great ceremonial centre of the Olmec civilization.
 
 
1200 BCE: The Olmec civilization springs from the grouping of ancient villages along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.
 
 
1200 BCE: Chavin civilization in Peru manufactures gold goods.
 
 
1000 BCE - 338 BCE: Ancient Greek civilization in Greece and the Mediterranean.
 
900 BCE - 800 BCE: Surviving sphinxes from the Assyrian civilization, usually placed as guards outside palaces.
 
800 BCE: Beginning of the Etruscan civilization in Italy.
 
500 BCE: San Jose Mogote is the capital of the Zapotec civilization.
 
500 BCE - 900 CE: The Zapotec Civilization flourishes in Mesoamerica.
 
400 BCE - 100 CE: The Pukará civilization flourishes north of Lake Titicaca.
 
 
323 BCE - 31 BCE: Hellenistic civilization in Greece, the Mediterranean and Asia.
 
 
300 BCE - 400 BCE: La Venta is destroyed, monuments are defaced and the Olmec civilization ends.
 
200 BCE - 600 CE: The Nazca civilization flourishes in ancient Peru.
 
250 CE - 950 CE: The Classic Maya Period which saw the height of the Maya Civilization in cities such as Chichen Itza and Uxmal.
 
600 CE - 1532 CE: The Wanka civilization flourishes in central Peru.
 
 
900 CE - 1150 CE: The Toltec civilization flourishes in Mesoamerica.
 
 
1345 CE - 1521 CE: The Aztec civilization flourishes in Mesoamerica.
 
 
1425 CE - 1532 CE: The Inca Empire flourishes in South America.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
5000 BCE 4000 BCE 3000 BCE 2000 BCE 1000 BCE 0 CE 1000 CE

Timeline Search

Search through the entire ancient history timeline. Specify between which dates you want to search, and what keywords you are looking for.

Recommended for you

Timeline

Sponsors
Many thanks to the companies who are kindly helping us:
         
Partners