Section 1 AP World History

Chapters 1-2

Events

2.5 Million BCE

200,000 BC

Emergence of Homo sapiens in Eastern Africa

1 Million BCE

150,000 BC

Emergence of Homo erectus, an upright, tool-using human

600,000 BCE

135,000 BC

Wide spread of human species across Asia, Europe, Africa; control of fire

120,000 BCE

120,000 BC

Emergence of Homo sapien sapiens, which displaces other human species

30,000-25,000 BCE

30,000 BC - 25,000 BC

Passage of first people to America

18,000-10,000 BCE

18,000 BC - 10,000 BC

Central Russian mammoth bone settlements

15,000-12,000 BCE

15,000 BC - 12,000 BC

Domestication of dogs

10,500-8,000 BCE

10,500 BC - 8,000 BC

Natufian settlements

8,500 and 7,500-6,500 BCE

8,500 BC - 6,500 BC

Domestication of sheep, pigs, goats, cattle

8,500-5,000 BCE

8,500 BC - 5,000 BC

Development of farming in the Middle East

8,500 BCE

8,000 BC

Domestication of sheep

7,000 BCE

7,000 BC

First/ full-fledged town at Jericho

6,250-5,400 BCE

6,250 BC - 5,400 BC

Catal Huyuk at its peak

5,600 BCE

5,600 BC

Beans domesticated in Western Hemisphere

5,000-2,000 BCE

5,000 BC - 2,000 BC

Yangshao culture in north China

5,000 BCE

5,000 BC

Domestication of maize (corn)

5,000 BCE

5,000 BC

Plant domestication becoming widespread

4,000 BCE

4,000 BC

Maize domesticated in Mexico

4,000-3,000 BCE

4,000 BC - 3,000 BC

Age of innovation in the Middle East: introduction of writing, bronze metalworking, wheel, plow in Middle East

3,500-1,800 BCE

3,500 BC - 1,800 BC

Sumerian civilization

3,500 BCE

3,500 BC

Llamas domesticated

3,500-2,350 BCE

3,500 BC - 2,350 BC

Civilization of Sumer

3,100-1,087 BCE

3,100 BC - 1,087 BC

Founding and flowering of Egyptian civilization

3,100 BCE

3,100 BC

Rise of Egyptian civilization

3,000-1,500 BCE

3,000 BC - 1,500 BC

Evidence of cotton cultivation, metallurgy, ceramics

2,500-1,500 BCE

2,500 BC - 1,500 BC

Indus civilization in South Asia

2,000 BCE

2,000 BC

Pottery in use in Mesoamerica

2,000 BCE - 500 CE

2,000 BC - 500 CE

Early cultures in southwestern United States

2,000 BCE

2,000 BC

Kotosh culture in Peru

1,850 BCE

1,850 BC

Origins of Shang kingdom in China

1,800 BCE

1,800 BC

Formation of Babylonian empire in Middle East

1,800-1,200 BCE

1,800 BC - 1,200 BC

Ceremonial centers in the highlands of southern Mexico

1,766 BCE

1,766 BC

Emergence of Shang kingdom in China

1,700-1,300 BCE

1,700 BC - 1,300 BC

Rise of village culture in Mesopotamia

1,600 BCE

1,600 BC
  • Beginning of Indo-European invasions of India and parts of the Mediterranean and Middle East

  • Spread of civilization to Crete(Minoan)

1,500-800 BCE

1,500 BC - 800 BC

Olmec civilizations in Central America/flourish

1,250 BCE

1,250 BC

Moses and Jewish exodus from Egypt

1,200-700 BCE

1,200 BC - 700 BC

Vedas composed (India)

1,122-770 BCE

1,122 BC - 770 BC

Zhou Kingdom in China

1,000-500 BCE

1,000 BC - 500 BC

Olmec civilization in Mesoamerica

900 BCE

900 BC

Beginning of Maya (Central America) / classic period in Mesoamerica

850-250 BCE

850 BC - 250 BC

Early Horizon; Chavin culture flourishes

850 BCE

850 BC

Beginnings of Chavin culture (Andes)

800 BCE

800 BC
  • Beginnings of Bantu migration in Africa

  • Initial Greek city states

760-600 BCE

760 BC - 600 BC

Meroe (Kush) rules Egypt

400 BCE

400 BC

Potatoes domesticated

300 BCE - 900 CE

300 BC - 900 CE

Height of Mayan civilization

200 BCE - 500 CE

200 BC - 500 CE

Nazca culture

100 BCE

100 BC

Germans in southern Germany, on Roman borders