10th century BC

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Millennium: 1st millennium BC
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Map of the world in 1000 BC

The 10th century BC started the first day of 1000 BC and ended the last day of 901 BC. This period followed the Bronze Age collapse in the Near East, and the century saw the Early Iron Age take hold there. The Greek Dark Ages which had come about in 1200 BC continued. The Neo-Assyrian Empire is established towards the end of the 10th century BC. In Iron Age India, the Vedic period is ongoing. In China, the Zhou Dynasty is in power. The European Bronze Age continued with Urnfield culture. Japan was inhabited by an evolving hunter-gatherer society during the Jomon period.


Gold burial mask of Pharaoh Psusennes I, discovered 1940 by Pierre Montet.

Late 10th century BC:

Significant persons[edit]

Sovereign States[edit]

See: List of sovereign states in the 10th century BC.