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Africa: Time Chart
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1. Pre- and Ancient History (c. 4 million-5000 BCE)

c. 4 million BCE

Australopithecus Afarensis

Skeletal finds suggest that the ‘cradle of humanity’ lies in Africa.

c. 70.000

Evidence of burials in Southern Africa

from c. 26.000

Earliest African rock paintings, in Southern Africa (today's Namibia)

The rock paintings document the experience of ritual specialists; the painted places are ‘power centers’ at which contact may be had with the supra-terrestrial world.

from c. 20.000

Clay figures in Algeria, carved objects in Southern Africa

2. The Ancient Kingdoms (c. 6th millenium BCE-1st

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Hock, Klaus, “Africa: Time Chart”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 17 January 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223

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