2nd millennium BCE in North American history

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The 2nd millennium BCE in North American history provides a timeline of events occurring within the North American continent from 2000 BCE through 1001 BCE in the Gregorian calendar. This time period (from 2000 BCE–1001 BCE) is known as the Late Archaic. 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]

  • 1500 BCE: Salishan speakers arrive in Northwestern Plateau region.
  • 1500 BCE: Natives of the eastern woodlands begin making pottery, a practice originated in Mesoamerica.
  • Shell ornaments and copper items at Indian Knoll, Kentucky evidence an extensive trade system over several millennia.
  • 1001 BCE: Athapaskan-speaking natives arrive in Alaska and western Canada, possibly from Siberia.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Poverty Point (2000–1000 B.C.)." Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. (retrieved 19 June 2011)