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Neolithic

12000 BCE — 2000 BCE
Avebury Henge, 2600 BCE

Tools, livestock, farming — and big, big rocks

The new stone age, the "Neolithic", is a term used to describe a huge swath of time. Starting around 10,200 BCE and ending about 2,000 BCE, Neolithic is best described as people who moved big rocks, made polished tools, raised cattle, dogs and sheep and cultivated crops. Neolithic culutres are found all over the planet, from Japan to Malta to India and Europe. Famous structures like Stonehenge, Carnac, Newgrange and Scara Brea overshadow other significant neolithich structures found in Turkey, Spain, Malta, Africa, India, Korea and China but this does not deminish the fact that neolithic culutres flourished all over the planet for eight thousand plus years.  All we know about these Neolithic peoples is what they left behind: stone structures, (both dwelling and monumental) ceramics, tools, art and cemetaries. 

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Keilmesser Neolithic Stone Tool

30000 BCE

Seated Woman of Çatalhöyük

6000 BCE

Female figure

4500 BCE-4000 BCE

Dolmen of Menga

3750 BCE

Ħaġar Qim

3600 BCE

Pentre Ifan Dolmen

3500 BCE

Ġgantija Temple

3250 BCE

Towie Ball

3000 BCE

Harhoog Burial Mound

3000 BCE

YangShao Amphora

3000 BCE

Majiayao Geometric Bowl

3300 BCE-2650 BCE

The Callanish Standing Stones

2900 BCE-2600 BCE

Avebury's Menhirs

2600 BCE

Avebury Henge

2600 BCE

Arbor Low Henge

2400 BCE

Arbor Low Stones

2400 BCE

Liangzhu Jade Cong

2400 BCE

Ring of Brodgar

2300 BCE

Liangzhu Bi Disk

3300 BCE-2200 BCE

Menhir de Champ-Dolent

5500 BCE-2000 BCE

The Kilclooney Dolmen

3000 BCE-2000 BCE

Heavy Jade Cong 琮

3300 BCE-2000 BCE

The Sleeping Lady

4000 BCE-2000 BCE

Nuragic Sanctuary of Santa Cristina

1100 BCE

Naveta d'Es Tudons

2000 BCE-1000 BCE

Talati de Dalt

850 BCE-123 BCE
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