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archaeological time

Major archaeological periods

 (all dates are BCE; before the Common Era)


250,000–10,000             Paleolithic

10,000–8,500                 Mesolithic [Jericho c. 8,000]

7,500–4,000                   Neolithic

4,000–1,200                   Chalcolithic [Egypt, Sumer]

1,200—                          Iron Age  [“biblical Israel”]

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