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The oldest human cultures






Here is the list of the oldest cultures of humanity:

The following cultures are missing from this list as their respective date of appearance is not clear: Mohicans, Powhatans, Païutes, Utes, Sioux, Cheyenne, Chiricahuas, Crows, Pawnees, Ojibwe , the Outaouais, the Crees, the Tlingits.

The oldest human cultures
CultureStart dateEnd dateDurationCountry
Piacenzian-3600000-25880001012000Euro-American
Oldowan-2600000-1700000900000World
Gelasian-2588000-1800000788000Europe
Acheulean-1760000-1000001660000World
Calabrian-1800000-7810001019000Europe
Madrasian culture-1500000-1300000200000India
Ionian-781000-126000655000Europe
Soanian-498000-123000375000India
Neanderthal-448000-33000415000Eurasia
Clactonian-398000-198000200000Europe
Mousterian-250000-28000222000Eurasia
Stillbay Culture-164000-7200092000South Africa
Aterian-143000-28000115000Morocco
Micoquian-130000-7000060000Europe
Tarantian-124000-9700114300Europe
Mousteroid culture-80000-5000030000Nigeria, Senegal
Howiesons Poort-63800-575006300South Africa
Emiran culture-48000-3800010000Syria, Lebanon, Israel
Australian Aborigines-48000In progress48000Australia
Lincombian-Ranisian-Jerzmanowician-41000-400001000North West Europe
Paleo-Indians-38000-1450023500America
Aurignacian-38000-2800010000Europe
Baradostian Culture-36000-180008000Iraq
Châtelperronian-36000-300006000Afro-Eurasia
Perigordian-33000-1800015000Europe
Gravettian-31000-1500016000Europe
Lupemban Culture-30000-1200028000Zambia, Kenya
Pavlovian culture-27000-230004000Austria, Poland
Sơn Vi Culture-20000-120008000Vietnam
Solutrean-20000-150005000France, Spain
Halfan Culture-20000-120008000Egypt
Epigravettian-19000-800011000Europe
Kebaran Culture-18000-125005500Israel, Palestine, Jordan
Ancient Beringian-18000-95008500Russia
Zarzian Culture-18000-800010000Iraq
Iberomaurusian culture-18000-97008300Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia
Monte Verde-16500-128003700Chile
Magdalenian-15000-100005000Western Europe
Jōmon-15000-30014700Japan
Mushabian culture-14900-130001900Egypt
Trialetian-14000-60008000Georgia
Hamburg Culture-13500-111002400North Europe
Sebilian culture-13000-100003000Egypt
Qadan Culture-13000-90004000Egypt
Pilauco Bajo-12700-12000700Chile
Natufian-12500-100002500Israel, Palestine, Jordan
Nordic Stone Age-12000-11500500Sweden, Norway
Federmesser culture-12000-108001200North Europe
Bromme Culture-11600-9800800Denmark
Pre-Pottery Neolithic A-11500-100001500Palestine
Post Pattern-11000-70004000United States
Creswellian Culture-11000-98001200England
Swiderian culture-11000-82002800Europe
Ahrensburg Culture-10900-97001200North Europe
Shepherd Neolithic-10200-80002200Lebanon
Hoabinhian-10000-20008000Vietnam
Komsa Culture-10000-9500500Norway
Khiamian-10000-9500500Israel, Palestine, Jordan
Azilian-10000-9500500Spain, France
Bắc Sơn Culture-10000-80002000Vietnam
Magosian culture-10000-60004000Zambia, Tanzania
Capsian culture-10000-60004000Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia
Hoabinhian-10000-20008000Vietnam
Clovis Culture-9500-9000500United States
Old Cordilleran Culture-9000-55003500United States
Nenana Valley-9000-8500500United States
Plano Culture-9000-60003000Canada
Folsom tradition-9000-80001000United States
Goshen point-9000-8800200United States
Maglemosian Culture-9000-60003000Norway, Sweden
Harifian Culture-8800-8000800Israel
Kunda Culture-8500-50003500Latvia
Pre-Pottery Neolithic-8500-55003000Syria, Iraq, Egypt
Cody complex-8000-60002000United States
Sauveterrian Culture-8500-65002000France
Fosna-Hensbacka Culture-8300-73001000Sweden, Norway
San Dieguito Complex-8200-8000200United States
Hell Gap complex-8060-70001060United States
Kiffian Culture-8000-60002000Niger
Las Vegas Culture-8000-46003400United States
Period Jeulmun pottery-8000-15006500Korea
Athabaskans-8000In progress10000United States
Paleo-Arctic Tradition-8000-50003000United States
Aleuts-8000In progress10000United States
Quỳnh Văn Culture-8000-60002000Vietnam
Lauricocha culture-8000-25005500Peru
Pre-Pottery Neolithic B-7600-60001600Syria, Iraq, Egypt
Neman culture-7000-30004000Poland, Lithuania
Pengtoushan Culture-7000-58002200China
Culture of Peiligang-7000-50002000China
Culture of Cishan-6500-50001500China
Obeid period-6500-40002500Iraq
Mariupol Culture-6500-40002500Bulgaria
Culture of Houli-6500-55001000China
Pottery Cardium-6400-5500900Southern Europe
Culture of Bug-Dniester-6300-5500800Moldova, Ukraine
Nøstvet and Lihult Culture-6200-32003000Sweden, Norway
Culture of Xinglongwa-6200-52001000China
Culture of Karanovo-6200-5500700Bulgaria
Culture of Starčevo-6200-45001700Southern Europe
Halaf culture-6100-51001000Syria, Turkey
Culture of Dudeşti-6000-6500500Romania
Kongemose culture-6000-5200800Denmark
La Jolla Complex-60005005500United States
Chihuahua tradition-60002506250United States
Hassuna Culture-6000-5500500Iraq
Shulaveri-Shomu Culture-6000-40002000Georgia, Armenia
Culture of Körös-5800-5300500Hungary
Culture of Vinča-5700-45001200Serbia
Halaf-Ubaid transition period-5500-5000500Iraq
Shulaveri-Shomu Culture-5500-5000500Georgia, Azerbaijan
Kelteminar Culture-5500-35002000Kazakhstan
Hemudu culture-5500-33002200China
Culture of Bükk-5500-5000500Hungary
Samarra Culture-5500-4800700Syria, Iraq
Samara culture-5500-4800700Russia
Culture of Linear Pottery-5500-45001000Central Europe
Oshara Tradition-54404605900United States
Culture of Zhaobaogou-5400-4500900China
Narva Culture-5300-17503550Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania
Swifterbant Culture-5300-3400900Netherlands
Culture of Beixin-Dawenkou-5300-26002700China
Culture of Ertebølle-5300-42001100Denmark, Norway, Sweden
Culture of Beixin-5300-43001000China
Hamangia culture-5250-4500750Romania, Bulgaria
Butmir Culture-5100-4500600Bosnia and Herzegovina
Culture of Narva-5000-40001000Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania
Culture of Khvalynsk-5000-4500500Russia
Tenerian culture-5000-30002000Mali, Algeria
Yunggimun pottery-5000-4500500North Korea
Sopot Culture-5000-4500500Croatia
Gumelniţa-Karanovo Culture-5000-40001000Romania
Hinkelstein culture-5000-4900100Germany
Đa Bút Culture-5000-10004000Vietnam
Culture of Tisza-5000-40001000Hungary
Stentinello Culture-5000-40001000Italy
Għar Dalam phase-5000-4100900Malta
Culture of Dnieper-Donets-5000-40001000Europe
Culture of Cucuteni-Trypillia-5000-40001000Romania
Culture of Daxi-5000-33001700China
Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve-5000-5004500United States
Square Mouthed Vases Culture-5000-40001000Italy
Culture of Khvalynsk-5000-4500500Russia
Culture of Lengyel-4900-39001000Slovakia, Hungary
Merimde Culture-4800-4300500Egypt
Banpo Culture-4800-36001200China
Danilo Culture-4700-3900800Croatia
Hongshan culture-4700-29001800China
Rössen Culture-4600-4300300Central Europe
Culture of Stroke-ornamented ware-4600-4400200Europe
Cerny Culture-4500-4000500France
Chassean culture-4500-35001000France
Culture of Serra d'Alto-4500-4000500Italy
Tastian culture-4500-4300200Egypt
Yangshao Culture-4500-30001500China
Culture of Sredny Stog-4500-35001000Ukraine
Michelsberg Culture-4400-3500900Germany
El-Amrah-4400-3500900Egypt
Culture Ghassulian-4400-3500900Israel, Palestine, Jordan
Badari Culture-4400-4000400Egypt
Culture of Nagada-4400-30001400Egypt
Culture of Leyla-Tepe-4350-4000350Azerbaijan
Boian Culture-4300-3500800Romania, Bulgaria
Dawenkou Culture-4300-26001700China
Cortaillod Culture-4300-3900400Swiss
Culture of Michelsberg-4300-3700600Germany
Boian Culture-4300-3500800Romania, Bulgaria
Funnelbeaker culture-4300-28001500Germany, Poland
Beersheba Culture-4200-4000200Israel
Culture of Pit-Comb Ware-4200-20002200Europe
Culture of Diana-4000-3500500Italy
Culture of Kura-Araxes-4000-20002000Armenia
Langdale axis industry-4000-3500500England
Old Copper Complex-4000-10003000United States
Bolshemys Culture-4000-30001000Russia
Bonu Ighinu Culture-4000-3400600Italy
Amratian culture-4000-3500500Egypt
Kurgan Culture-4000-30001000Russia
Culture of Cernavoda-4000-3200800Ukraine
Pfyn Culture-3900-3500400Swiss
A-Group culture-3800-3100700Egypt
Mondsee group Culture-3800-28001000Serbia
Altheim Culture-3800-3400800Germany
Mġarr phase-3800-3600200Malta
Namazga culture-3800-10002800Turkmenistan
Botai Culture-3700-3100600Kazakhstan
Kemi Oba Culture-3700-22001500Ukraine
Maykop Culture-3700-3000700Georgia
Wartberg Culture-3600-2800800Germany
Culture of Lake Mondsee-3600-3300300Austria
Mikhaylovka Culture-3600-3000700Russia
Baden culture-3600-2800800Hungary, Poland
Maïkop culture-3500-25001000Chechnya
Hvar culture-3500-25001000Croatia
Civilization Norte Chico-3500-18001700Peru
Vlaardingen Culture-3500-25001000Netherlands
Horgen Culture-3500-2850650Germany, Switzerland
Coţofeni Culture-3500-25001000Europe
Culture of Gerzeh-3500-32003000Egypt
Usatovo culture-3500-3000500Romania
Culture of Hilversum-3450-3225225Netherlands, Belgium
Culture of Globular Amphora-3400-2800600Germany, Poland, Russia
Salzmünde Culture-3400-3000400Germany
Culture of Remedello-3400-24001000Italy
San Ciriaco Culture-3400-3200200Italy
Kouro-arable culture-3400-20001400Georgia
Ezero Culture-3300-2700600Bulgaria
Tiszapolgár Culture-3300-3100200Hungary
Culture of Afanasevo-3300-2500800Russia
Culture of Majiayao-3300-20001300China
Culture of Novotitorovka-3300-2700600Georgia
Saflieni phase-3300-3000300Malta
Civilization of the Indus Valley-3300-13002000India, Pakistan
Yamna Culture-3300-2600700Russia
Walternienburg-BernburgCulture-3200-2800400Germany
Culture of Sheikh Muftah-3200-20001200Egypt
Ozieri Culture-3200-2800400Italy
Pitted Ware Culture-3200-2300900Sweden, Norway
Culture of Middle Dnieper-3200-2300900Ukraine, Belarus
Culture of Fatyanovo-Balanovo-3200-2300900Russia
Tarxian phase-3150-2500650Malta
Seine-Oise-Marne Culture-3100-20001100France, Belgium
Elam-31002213321Iran
Gaudo's culture-3000-2800200Italy
Culture of Okunev-3000-2500500Russia
Apex complex-3000-5002500United States
Maple Creek Phase-3000-10002000United States
Kotosh Religious Tradition-3000-18001200Argentina, Chile
Galgada-3000-2500500Peru
Culture of Rinaldone-3000-2500500Italy
Xiaoheyan Culture-3000-2600400China
Culture of Vučedol-3000-2200800Croatia
Eskimos-3000In progress5018United States
Culture of Laterza-2950-2350600Italy
Culture of Bell-Beaker-2900-18001100England
Culture of Corded Ware-2900-2350550Germany, Poland, Russia
Longshan Culture-2900-19001000China
Culture of catacombs-2800-2200600Ukraine
Poltavka culture-2700-2100600Russia
Culture of Abashevo-2500-1900600Russia
Kerma Culture-2500-15001000Egypt
Culture of Potapovka-2500-2000500Russia
C-Group Culture-2400-1550850Egypt
Culture of Unetice-2300-1600700Czech Republic
Culture of Mierzanowice-2200-1300900Poland
Polada culture-2200-1600600Italy
Culture of Qijia-2200-1600600China
Culture of Wietenberg-2200-1500700Romania
Culture of Sintashta-2100-1800300Russia
Ottomány culture-2100-1600500Romania
Culture of Trialeti-2100-2000100Georgia
Lower Xiajiadian culture-2000-1400600China
Culture of Andronovo-2000-9001100Russia
Culture of Trzciniec-1900-1200700Poland
Culture of Siba-1900-1500400China
Yueshi Culture-1900-1500400China
Erlitou Culture-1900-1500400China
Culture of Cetina-1900-1600300Croatia
Culture of Srubna-1800-1200600Russia
Bonnanaro Culture-1800-1600200Italy
Culture of Hoogkarspel-1800-8001000Netherlands
Culture of Elp-1800-8001000Netherlands
Culture of Terramare-1700-1150550Italy
Serious Gandhara culture-1600-5001100Pakistan, Afghanistan
Tumulus culture-1600-1200400Central Europe
Erligang Culture-1510-146050China
Basketmakers-15005002000United States
Culture of Yaz-1500-5001000Turkmenistan
Vedic period-1500-600900India
Culture of Tazabagyab-1500-1100400Uzbekistan
Culture of Apennine-1500-1400100Italy
Karasuk culture-1500-800700Russia
Culture of Scamozzina-1400-1300100Italy
Culture of Canegrate-1300-1100200Italy
Culture of Urnfield-1300-750550Germany, Poland
Midianite pottery-1300-1200100Israel
Piliny culture-1300-700600Hungary, Slovakia
Culture of Villanovan-1300-750550Italy
Elmenteitan culture-1300-1100200Kenya
Culture of Lusatian-1300-500800Poland, Czech Republic
Dineh-1200-800400United States
Apaches-1200In progress718United States
Karasuk culture-1200-700500Russia
Proto-Villanovan culture-1200-1000200Italy
Chernoles culture-1025-700325Ukraine
Culture of Este-1000-900100Italy
Culture of Latial-1000-580420Italy
Haida-1000In progress3018United States
Arapaho-1000In progress3018United States
Culture of Chavín-900-200700Peru
Culture of Golasecca-900-400500Italy
Hallstatt Culture-800-600200Germany, France
Culture of Tagar-800-200600Russia
Anasazi-800In progress2818United States
Pomeranian culture-700-300400Germany, Poland
Culture of Jastorf-700-1699Germany, Denmark
Culture of Milograd-7000700Ukraine
Culture of La Tène-500-100400Germany, France
El Tajín-40011001500Mexico
Culture of Zarubintsy-3000300Czech Republic, Ukraine
Culture of Przeworsk-300500800Poland
Oksywie Culture-2000200Poland
Tashtyk culture0300300Russia
Wielbark Culture0300300Ukraine
Culture of Chernyakhov100400300Ukraine, Romania
Kiev culture200400200Ukraine
X-Group Culture300600300Sudan
Shawnee500In progress1518United States
Maori800In progress1218New Zealand
Iroquois1142In progress876United States
Navajos1500In progress518United States
Cherokees1500In progress518United States
Comanche1700In progress318United States













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