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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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The 35th century BCE in the Near East sees the gradual transition from the Chalcolithic to the Early Bronze Age. Proto-writing enters transitional stage, developing towards writing proper. Wheeled vehicles are now known beyond Mesopotamia, having spread north of the Caucasus and to Europe.




Only approximate dating is usually possible for mid-4th millennium artifacts.


  • The Sahara desert starts to form from semi-arid savannah, through desertification.
  • c. 3500 BC, First known zoo at Hierakonpolis.
  • c. 3400 BC, Sumerian temple record keepers redesign the stamp seal in the form of a cylinder.
  • c. 3500 BC, Pictographic proto-writing starts developing towards writing proper in Sumer, thus starting what is technically considered history.
  • c. 3500 BC: The first monument of which there is still a trace (Duma na nGiall) is built on the Hill of Tara, the ancient seat of the High King of Ireland.<ref>Memory and Monuments at the Hill of Tara by Erin McDonald, Chronika Journal</ref>

Sovereign States

See: List of sovereign states in the 35th century BC.

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