Stonehenge Timeline

c 8500 - 7000 BCEarliest evidence of monument building in the Stonehenge area: four or five pits, 3 of which contained pine posts
c 7,500 - 4,700 BCVespasian's Camp is occupied
c 4000 BCPeople in Britain start to grow domestic crops and to keep livestock
c 3600 BCRobin Hood's Ball is created, an early example of the Neolithic practice of causewayed enclosures
c 3600 BCMegalithic temples, Malta
c 3500 BCWinterbourne Stoke long barrow is created; initially a single long barrow construction, more and different round barrows were added between c 2200-1600 BC
c 3400 BCStonehenge Cursus and Lesser Cursus are created
c 3300 BCCarnac stones erected, France
c 3200 BCNewgrange passage tomb, Ireland
c 3200 BCGrooved Ware pottery first appears in Orkney, Scotland before rapidly spreading through Britain
c 3000 BCStonehenge earthwork is created
c 2500 BCDurrington Walls camp is settled, possibly the place where the builders of Stonehenge lived
c 2500 BCStonehenge stones appear
c 2500 BCAvebury stone circles and henge, Wiltshire
c 2500 BCGreat Pyramid, Egypt
c 2400 BCPeople start to bury their dead (usually only the men) in individual graves, and with objects included in the burial, including Beaker pottery and early metal tools and weapons
c 2400 BCThe first metal objects, copper and gold ornaments, appear in the area around Stonehenge
c 2400 BCEarliest known burials containing Beaker pots and metal objects
c 2400 BCSilbury Hill, Wiltshire
c 2300 BCStonehenge Avenue is built
c 2300 BCWoodhenge
c 2200 BCMetalworkers discover how to make bronze by mixing copper and tin, and the Bronze Age commences
c 2200 BCStonehenge Bluestones rearranged
c 1900 BCBush Barrow, Normanton Down barrows cemetery
c 1750-1500 BCCarvings appear on the stones
c 1500 BCThe area around Stonehenge is divided into farmland
438 BCParthenon, Athens, Greece
220 BCGreat Wall, China
80 ADColosseum, Rome, Italy
c 1000-1700 ADEaster Island statues, Polynesia
31 December 1900Stone 22 from the Sarsen Circle falls over, along with one of the lintels it had been supporting.

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