List of time periods

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The categorisation of the past into discrete, quantified named blocks of time is called periodization.[1] This is a list of such named time periods as defined in various fields of study.

These can be divided broadly into prehistorical periods and historical periods (when written records began to be kept).

In archaeology and anthropology, prehistory is subdivided around the three-age system, this list includes the use of the three-age system as well as a number of various designation used in reference to sub-ages within the traditional three.

The dates for each age can vary by region. On the geologic time scale, the Holocene epoch starts at the end of the last glacial period of the current ice age (c. 10,000 BCE) and continues to the present. The beginning of the Mesolithic is usually considered to correspond to the beginning of the Holocene epoch.

General periodsEdit

Sociological periodsEdit

Only for late modern contemporary history.

Technological periodsEdit

American periodsEdit

Australian periodsEdit

Southeast Asian periodsEdit

Filipino periodsEdit

Chinese periodsEdit

Central Asian periodsEdit

Egyptian periodsEdit

European periodsEdit

Indian periodsEdit

Japanese periodsEdit

West Asian periodsEdit

See alsoEdit



  1. ^ Adam Rabinowitz. And kingIt’s about time: historical periodization and Linked Ancient World Data. Study of the Ancient universe Papers, 2014.
  2. ^ Iles, Dr Louise (December 30, 2016). "Big digs: The year 2016 in archaeology". BBC News. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
  3. ^ The area had settlements as far back as 9000 BC; see Timeline of ancient Greece
  4. ^ Bowman 2000, pp. 118–161.
  5. ^ a b c The Venture of Islam, Volume 2: The Expansion of Islam in the Middle Periods (1974), p. 3.
  6. ^ A Concise History of the Middle East (2015), p. 53.

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