21st century BC

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The 21st century BC was a century that lasted from the year 2100 BC to 2001 BC.


Ur-Nammu (seated) bestows governorship on Ḫašḫamer, patesi (high priest) of Iškun-Sin (cylinder seal impression, ca. 2100 BC).

Note: all dates from this long ago should be regarded as either approximate or conjectural; there are no absolutely certain dates, and multiple competing reconstructed chronologies, for this time period.

  • c. 2150 – 2040 BC – The First Intermediate Period of Egypt, a period of decline in Egyptian central power.[1]
  • c. 2112 – 2004 BC – The Third Dynasty of Ur.[2] Administrative power in Ur is pushed far, with an Ensi, an appointed civil servant, at the head of the constituencies. A meticulous and finicky bureaucracy manages, counts and controls the whole administration, which is as much concerned with the economy as with war or the service of the gods. The weight of such an administration arguably contributed to the collapse of the empire. The documentation of the Third Dynasty of Ur does not attest to the existence of private property, but rather a state organization of agricultural production, an image perhaps distorted because the texts come from the state's administrative management and not from private archives. This documentation hardly ever concerns the gardens and palm groves but only the cereal fields, exploited in the form of large production units, even if small tenures are granted as a salary. A whole manufacturing activity was grafted onto the domain.[3]
  • c. 2100 – 2000 BC:
  • c. 2100 – 1900 BC: The beginning of the Middle Minoan civilization in Crete.[7] Bronze metallurgy and the potter's wheel are introduced,[8] as are Cretan hieroglyphs.[9]
  • c. 2100 – 1800 BC – The Sintashta culture emerges in the northern Eurasian Steppe.[10]
  • c. 2070 BC – Yu the Great established the Xia dynasty.[11]
  • c. 2050 BC – The beginning of the Middle Kerma culture in Upper Nubia.[12]
  • c. 2040 BC – Mentuhotep II, ruler of the Eleventh Dynasty in Thebes, completes the reunification of Egypt following his victory over the pharaohs of Herakleopolis, which marks the beginning of the Middle Kingdom.[13]
  • c. 2000 BC – The earliest bronze age artifacts in Southeast Asia are found in Ban Chiang site in Thailand, without the presence of a militaristic or urbanized state.[14]


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