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First Year Of Human Civilization?


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Hello,

I have been looking around hoping to see if there is any date or time frame that scientists have put as the first human civlization. I know we have generalized numbers in the thousands, but does anyone know if there is a more exact date when civilization truly began? Or is it just not possible to truly find out?

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The first civilization is generally recognized to be Ur. There would be no set date as in a ribbon cutting ceremony. It was more of a process than anything that could have a certain date put on it.

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It would be an essential impossibility to pin down an exact date. Not to mention it's conceivable that there could have been more than one civilization that sprung up at the same time and evidence of some civilizations may still be buried onder the ground, waiting to be discovered.

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Tough thing to pin down. There were settlements on the cusp of broad-scale "civilization" as far back as 9000 BCE, like the earliest parts of Jericho or Catal Huyuk; but the elements of civilization have been around for quite a long time (Jomon pottery is the oldest in the world, for instance, dating to perhaps 11,000 BCE).

 

There's an interesting book out there entitled The Lost Civilizations of the Stone Age, which makes the case for civilization having existed on a smaller, more prototypical scale for considerably longer than previously thought.

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