Talk:6th millennium BC
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c. 6000 BC — Equids, in official dogma, disappear from the Americas.
Currently the standard for the year pages describes the events section as follows:
The events section is divided into months, each month has a calendar at the beginning and lists any important events that occurred. The month header once linked to the particular month in the year (if the page exists, eg. January 2004), but doesn't anymore. Every item links to the day.
I would like to propose a similar standard for the millennial pages, but instead of dividing them by century, I propose that we divide them by geography. The geographical divisions I propose at this time are: West Asia, South Asia, East Asia, Africa, America, Europe and Australia. More specific or more general geographic sections may be more appropriate for different millennia. As a reader, I think such sections would make the event list much easier to read and take in. This might be particularly appropriate for millennial pages like this one which do not have corresponding century pages since our current scope states:
Articles for the year 500 BC and earlier should be redirected to the relevant decade. Articles for the year 1700 BC and earlier should be redirected to the relevant century. Articles for the year 4000 BC and earlier should be redirected to the relevant millennium.
This is not an event
I cut the following event from the events section because it doesn't really describe an event which occured during the 6th millenium. It really described an archeological find which dates to the 6th millenium
*c. 6000 BC — 53 clay figurines, stone tools and agriculture in 24 settlements of the "Four-lakes" culture in the region surrounded by the lakes Vegoritida, Heimaditida, Petron and Zazari between the towns of Kozani and Florina west of Thessaloniki, Greece. (4/3/07)
This seems to be referring to an acheological find described here: news archives at stone pages dot com If someone can rewrite this item so that it describes an event, I think it can be moved back to the article. -ErinHowarth (talk) 03:50, 8 November 2008 (UTC)
I would appreciate help with the following inconsistencies. I followed the link from here to the copper age article, and the dates don't match. I can't believe its so hard to date some of these things.
|copper article||6th Millennium BC article|
|The Copper Age in the Middle East and the Caucasus begins in the late 5th millennium BC and lasts for about a millennium before it gives rise to the Early Bronze Age.||c. 6000 BC — The Copper Age comes to the Fertile Crescent. (Roux 1980) First use of copper in Middle East. (Bailey 1973)|
|The emergence of metallurgy occurred first in the Fertile Crescent, where it gave rise to the Bronze Age in the 4th millennium BC.||c. 6000 BC — The Copper Age comes to the Fertile Crescent. (Roux 1980) First use of copper in Middle East. (Bailey 1973)|
black pastoral culture
I'm removing the following event for two reasons
c. 6000 BC — Saharan black pastoral culture <t. 2700 BC>. (1968 Almanac)
First, it is not a sentence, so its very difficult to guess what event is being described here. Second, this reference refers to these people in the 4th millennium.
In the Saharan highlands, the pastoral culture of the fourth millennium BC left magnificent rock paintings which show three human groups: a Negroid people…, black but non-Negroid pastoralists…, and lighter-skinned pastoralists… Africans: The History of a Continent By John Iliffe; Published by Cambridge University Press, 1995; ISBN 0521484227, 9780521484220
Use of BCE instead of BC
I believe the title of this article should be changed to "6th millennium BCE" with a redirect from "6th millennium BC" instead of how it is set up now. The use of BCE and CE instead of BC and AD would draw greater readership and editors if we transition toward less religious based references.
Lets discuss and affirm the change or keep the article as is. To start the discussion read Common Era.
I share former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan's conviction that too many people with different religious convictions use the Gregorian calendar by default. They should not be put off by exclusively Christian references (BC and AD) to dates. Wikipedia is all about our shared world knowledge of our history. A common references, that avoids specific religious events, within a shared calendaring system is available now and Wikipedia should use it.
I'll come back to this article in three months and if there is no discussion I will make the title and redirect changes.