Tuesday, January 02, 2007

2006: A year in Review

So come late December or early January, many places do a review of the year past. Who am I to buck this tradition. The year 2006 in review copied directly from http://timelines.ws/0B3300_1300BC.HTML

2006 BC The first agricultural tribes appeared on the Bactrian Plain (Afghanistan).
(NG, 3/90, p.62)

2006 BC Bronze-age mounds from this time in Turkman SSR indicate that Central Asians built cities around oases and developed a flourishing civilization with monumental architecture, sophisticated gold and silver craft, and irrigation agriculture.
(NG, 3/90)

c2006 BC At Arbor Low in Derbyshire, England, a Bronze Age stone circle was constructed.
(SFEM, 10/11/98, p.21)

c2006 BC Silbury Hill, located on the prehistoric site of Avebury (named after nearby Avebury, England), is the largest prehistoric mound in Europe. The artificial hill, which rises up 130 feet, was constructed over three separate phases beginning at least 4,000 years ago. Although the shape of the mound is similar to smaller earthen constructions used for burials, its purpose remains a mystery.
(HNQ, 6/8/01)

2006 BC The initial phase of what scientists call Stonehenge III was begun about 100 years after Stonehenge II with the lentil structure familiar to modern visitors. The builders continued improvements on Stonehenge III up until about 1550BC, well before historical records of the Druids or the Romans. Both Stonehenge and a neighboring circular monument were added to UNESCO's World Heritage List--a listing of cultural and natural sites--in 1986.
(HNQ, 3/3/01)

2006 BC For as many as 4,000 years, the salty sand of the Taklimakan Desert in China held well-preserved mummies wearing colorful robes, boots, stockings and hats. The people were Caucasian not Asian. The bodies have been exhumed from the Tarim Basin of Xinjiang province since the late 1970s.
(SFC, 5/6/96, p.C-1)

2006 BC Balathal, outside the city of Udaipur in northeast India, was a Chalcolithic village. The people used copper tools and weapons. Terra-cotta figurines of bulls have been found at the site. It was abandoned and reoccupied c340BC.
(AM, Mar/Apr 97 p.B)

2006 BC Legends from Mecca indicate that the prophet Abraham built the Kaaba about this time. The Kaaba is a shrine meaning cube in Arabic, that enclosed the idols of their gods. Religious rituals were performed around the Kaaba which had a black stone embedded into a corner, said to be a gift to Abraham from the angel Gabriel for his belief in one god. By CE 500 more than 360 idols were housed within the Kaaba.
(ATC, p.57)

2006 BC About this time the Egyptians domesticated the cat in order to catch snakes. Advances in astronomy enabled the Egyptians to predict the annual flooding of the Nile.
(eawc, p.2)

c2006 BC An Egyptian painting on an interior tomb wall depicted 6 men scrubbing, wringing and folding a cloth.
(SFC, 10/11/97, p.E3)

2006 BC By this time Baltic amber reached the Mediterranean and was found in ancient Mycenaean shaft graves.
(PacDis, Winter/'97, p.10)

2006 BC The Timucuan Indians lived on Cumberland Island, Georgia, back to this time.
(Sky, 4/97, p.43)

2006 BC The Hittites lived around what is now Cappadocia. They mixed with the already-settled Hatti and were followed by the Lydians, Phrygians, Byzantines, Romans and Greeks. The name Cappadocia comes from the Hittite for "land of pretty horses."
(SFEC, 9/14/97, p.T14)

c2006 BC In India Tantra, a quasireligious doctrine, dates back to this time. Its first texts were in Sanskrit and the original adherents practiced ritual copulation.
(WSJ, 12/7/98, p.A1)

c2006 BC The Sumerian goddess Inanna was a fertility figure.
(SFEC, 9/27/98, BR p.7)

c2006 BC A palace was built at Qatanah, 12 miles south of Damascus, Syria, that was discov ered in 1999.
(SFEC, 11/21/99, p.A6)

2006 BC-1790BC The wooden statue of chancellor Nakhti and carved face of governor Hapidjefai date to Egypt’s Middle Kingdom. They are now in the French Louvre.
(WSJ, 1/29/98, p.A16)

2006 BC-1600BC In Mesopotamia the Old Babylonian period began after the collapse of Sumer, probably due to an increase in the salt content of the soil that made farming difficult. Weakened by poor crops and lack of surplus goods, the Sumerians were conquered by the Amorites, situated in Babylon. The center of civility shifted north. The Amorites preserved much of the Sumerian culture but introduced their own Semitic language, an early ancestor to Hebrew, into the region.
(eawc, p.2)

2006 BC-1600BC The Middle Minoan period. Middle Minoan I finds polychrome decoration in pottery with elaborate geometrical patterns; we also discover interesting attempts to picture natural forms, such as goats and beetles. There then follows some great catastrophe. Middle Minoan II includes the period of the great palace of Phaestos and the first palace of Knossos. This period also includes the magnificent polychrome pottery called Kamares ware. Another catastrophe occurs. The second great palace of Knossos was built and begins the Middle Minoan III. It was distinguished by an intense realism in art, speaking clearly of a rapid deterioration in taste. Pictographic writing was clearly developed, with a hieratic or cursive script derived from it, adapted for writing with pen and ink.
(R.M.-P.H.C.p.17)

2006 BC-1600 In Oman a transitional culture known as early Wadi Suq.
(AM, May/Jun 97 p.49)

2006 BC-1500BC The events of the Indian Ramayana epic, written around 500BC, supposedly took place about this time period.
(AM, 7/04, p.50)

2006 BC-1550BC The Babylonians built an empire.
(WH, 1994, p.12)

2006 BC-1500BC In Greece the Minoan civilization, named after the Cretan ruler Minos, reached its height with central power in Knossos on the isle of Crete. The culture was apparently more female-oriented and peaceful than others of the time.
(eawc, p.2)

2006 BC-1000BC Early preclassic period of the Maya.
(AM, May/Jun 97 suppl. p.B)

2006 BC-1000BC In Italy Indo-Europeans slowly began to inhabit the north by way of the Alps. They brought the horse, the wheeled cart, and artistic knowledge of bronze work to the Italian peninsula. The Greeks and the Etruscans occupied different regions of the peninsula during the 8th century.
(eawc, p.2)

2006 BC-500BC Aryan tribes lived in Aryana (Ancient Afghanistan). The City of Kabul is thought to have been established during this time. Rig Veda may have been created in Afghanistan around this time. Evidence of early nomadic iron age in Aq Kapruk IV.
(www.afghan, 5/25/98)

And there you have it a review of the year 2006 BC.

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