Greece

Period

Neolithic

7000 bc

Permanent farming villages and animals; pottery
Domestication of plants

Early Bronze Age

3000 bc

Middle Bronze Age

2100 bc

Social ranking emerges; villages and districts ruled by hereditary chifs; Widespread use of bronze and other metals in the Aegean

Late Bronze Age

1600 bc

Early Dark Age

1100 bc

Military

Lerna and other sites destroyed

2100 bc

Mycenaeans take over Crete

1500 bc - 1450 bc

Knosses destroyed

1375 bc

"The Trojan War" (?)

1250 bc - 1225 bc

Invaders loot and burn the palace centres

1200 bc

Political / Social

Permanent farming villages

7000 bc - 3000 bc

Social ranking emerges; villages and districts ruled by hereditary chiefs

3000 bc - 2100 bc

Incursions of Indo-European Speakers into Greece

2100 bc

Mycenae and other sites become power centers; small kingdoms emerge

1600 bc

Height of Mycenaean power and prosperity

1400 bc - 1200 bc

Palace-system collapses

1200 bc - 1100 bc

Cultural

Domestication of plants and animals; pottery

7000 bc - 3000 bc

Widespread use of bronze and other metals in the Aegean

3000 bc - 2100 bc

Indo-European gods introduced into Greece

2100 bc

Mainland contacts with Crete and the Near East

1900 bc

First palaces in Crete

1900 bc

Cretans develop Linear A writing

1800 bc

Shaft graves

1600 bc

Tholos tombs

1500 bc

Linear B writing

1450 bc

New palaces in Greece

1400 bc

Cultural decline

1200 bc