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Old Posted Nov 18, 2019, 5:37 PM
Obadno Obadno is offline
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I guess it depends on what you would define as a "city"

Some of the very most ancient cities we know of were little more than towns from our perspective but Id guess the first true "cities" as we would recognize them came about right at the end of the Neolithic revolution about 10,000-12,000 years ago in the Levant, Turkey and Egypt.

Im sure there are fairly permanent settlements that pre-dated this by several thousand years but its very hard for anything man made to last that long without being destroyed, recycled by other humans or just eroding away besides giant blocks of stone.

There are some more out their theories that human civilization might be far older than 12,000 (as we understand it) years or so but it is not widely accepted.

It does appear that there is some newer archaeological evidence that pushes the first urban areas back to 14,000 years but once again its very hard to be sure and its hard for people to conceive just how long ago some of these early early bronze/stone age peoples were. 14,000 years ago is 7x longer than the time that his elapsed since Caesar was murdered on the senate floor and today.

So the "evidence" that we really have is shockingly shockingly tiny. bits of bone and tools and barely recognizable stone foundations make up what we know of these cultures and its safe to assume that what we really know about them is probably wildly inaccurate besides the most basic details.
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