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Time Periods

Time Periods

6000 BCE

Ubaid Period
The earliest cities and pottery from Mesopotamia.

4000 BCE

Uruk Period
Beginning of the Sumerian civilisation. The main city at this point was Uruk.

3300 BCE

Beginning of the Bronze Age
Generally considered to be the beginning of the Bronze Age in the Middle East.

3150 BCE

Jemdet Nasr Period
The Beginning of the Jemdet Nasr Period in Sumeria and the end of the Uruk Period.

2900 BCE

Early Dynastic Period
The beginning of the Early Dynastic Period in Sumeria, and the end of the Jemdet Nasr period.

2300 BCE

Akkadian Period
Akkadian Period

2100 BCE

Ur III Period

2000 BCE

Isin Period

1850 BCE

Babylon I

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The Lion Hunt

If you have visited the Sumerian section of the British Museum, chances are you have seen the Lion Hunt of Ashurbanipal. It is a series of very impressive wall coverings illustrating the King Ashurbanipal's prowess.

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Possibly the oldest board game in existence, and surely the oldest we have rules for, the Game of Ur is a fascinating predecessor to Backgammon. Watch a video on how to play it, and see the original at British Museum.