1st millennium BCE in North American history

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The 1st millennium BCE in North American history provides a timeline of events occurring within the North American continent from 1000 BCE through 1 BCE in the Gregorian calendar. This time period (from 1000 BCE–1 BCE) is known as the Post-archaic period (Post-archaic stage) and specifically the Early Woodland Period in the Eastern Woodlands. Although this timeline segment may include some European or other world events that profoundly influenced later American life, it focuses on developments within Native American communities. The archaeological records supplements indigenous recorded and oral history.

Because of the inaccuracies inherent in radiocarbon dating and in interpreting other elements of the archaeological record, most dates in this timeline represent approximations that may vary a century or more from source to source. The assumptions implicit in archaeological dating methods also may yield a general bias in the dating in this timeline.

List of events[edit]

  • 1000 BCE: Athapaskan-speaking natives arrive in Alaska and western Canada, possibly from Siberia.
  • 300 BCE: Mogollon people, possibly descended from the Cochise tradition, appear in southeast Arizona and southwest New Mexico.
  • 200 BCE–500 CE: The Hopewell tradition begins flourishing in much of the East, with copper mining centered in the Great Lakes region.[1]
  • 1 BCE: Some central and eastern prairie peoples learned to raise crops and shape pottery from the mound builders to their east.

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  1. ^ a b "North America, 1000 b.c.–1 a.d." Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. (retrieved 19 June 2011)