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During the 7th Millennium BC, agriculture spreads from Anatoliamarker to the Balkans.

World population is essentially stable at around 5 million people, living mostly scattered across the globe in small hunting-gathering tribes. In the agricultural communities of the Middle East, the cow is domesticated and use of pottery grows common, spreading to Europe and South Asia, and the first metal (gold and copper) ornaments are made.


This stone mask from the pre-ceramic neolithic period dates to 7000 BCE and is probably the oldest mask in the world (Musée de la bible et Terre Sainte )

Excavations at the South Area of Çatal Höyük

Inventions, discoveries, introductions

Environmental changes


  1. Encyclopedia Britannica, "Melanesian cultures"
  2. Roberts, J: "History of the World." Penguin, 1994.

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