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Chronological Time Scale

Chronological Time Scale

(Source: Andre Leroi-Gourhan,  The Hunters of Prehistory, 1989)


The chronological time scale varies depending in
which region your are examining. Archeological cultural
groups tend to overlap one another as can be seen in 
the above figure.  The following values can be roughly
assign to the cultural periods:*

Paleolithic (Lower or Old), Oldowan and Acheulian, 
2.5 million to 300,000 years ago
Paleolithic (Middle), Levalloisian and Mousterian,
300,000  to 60,000 years ago
Paleolithic (Upper or Recent), Aurignacian, Gravettian, Solutrean,
and Magdalenian 60,000 to 10,000 years ago
Mesolithic 10,000 to 6,000 years ago
Neolithic 6,000 to 3,500 years ago
This time scale  concentrates mainly on European cultures.

Danish chronological time scale of Stone Age cultures:
Hamburg Culture: approximately 13,000 to 12,000 BC
Federmesser Culture: 12,000 to 11,400 BC
Bromme Culture: 11,400 to 10,200 BC
Ahrensburg Culture: 10,200 to 8,900 BC
Maglemose Culture: 8,900 to 6,400 BC
Kongemose Culture: 6,400 to 5,400 BC
Ertebölle Culture: 5,400 to 3,900 BC
Dolmen Period: 3,900 to 3,400 BC
Passage Grave Culture: 3,400 to 2,800 BC
(Funnel beaker culture I)
Single Grave Culture: 2,800 to 2,400 BC (Funnel beaker culture II)

Pitware Culture: 2,800 to 2,600 BC
Bell-beaker Culture: 2,400 to 2,000 BC
Dagger Period: 2,400 to 1,800 BC

Each artifact is unique and no two pieces are quite the same, similar to snowflakes.  So once an item is purchased, there usually is not another artifact to replace it.

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