17th century BC

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Millennium: 2nd millennium BC
Decades: 1690s BC 1680s BC 1670s BC 1660s BC 1650s BC
1640s BC 1630s BC 1620s BC 1610s BC 1600s BC
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The 17th century BC is a century which lasted from 1700 BC to 1601 BC.

Nebra sky disk, central Europe 1600 BC. The inlaid gold depicted the a crescent moon and the Pleiades star cluster in a specific arrangement forming the earliest known depiction of celestial phenomena.


Satellite image of Thera, centre location of the Minoan eruption, one possible source of 17th century BC climatic disturbances

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Sovereign States[edit]

See: List of sovereign states in the 17th century BC.

Decades and years[edit]


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