Uruk Timeline

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  • c. 5400 BCE
    The City of Eridu is founded.
  • c. 5000 BCE
    Sumer inhabited by Ubaid people.
  • c. 4500 BCE
    The City of Uruk founded.
  • 4100 BCE - 2900 BCE
    Uruk Period in Mesopotamia. First cities.
  • 4100 BCE - 2900 BCE
    Uruk Period in Sumer.
  • c. 4000 BCE
    Creation at Uruk of first mass-produced bowls.
  • c. 3600 BCE
    Invention of writing in Sumer at Uruk.
  • c. 3200 BCE
    First instance of written language in Sumerian.
  • 2900 BCE - 2334 BCE
    The Early Dynastic Period in Sumer.
  • c. 2600 BCE
    Uruk ruled by Gilgamesh for 126 years according to the Sumerian King List.
  • 2100 BCE
    First ziggurats in Ur, Eridu, Uruk, and Nippur.
  • 2100 BCE
    The Reign of Utu-Hegal at Uruk in Sumer and creation of Sumerian King List.
  • c. 2055 BCE - 2047 BCE
    Utu Hegel's reign over Sumerian and Akkadian cities.
  • 2047 BCE - 1750 BCE
    The Ur III Period in Sumer. Great Wall of Uruk still standing.
  • 1787 BCE
    Hammurabi of Babylon conquers Uruk and Isin.