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c. 3000 BC
 
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The earliest known currency, consisting of gold bars, is in use in Egypt and Mespotamia      
c. 2500 BC
 
    
Trade lnks, probably by sea in Phoenician ships from Byblos, are established between Egypt and Phoenicia       
c. 2400 BC
 
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Clay tablets discovered at Ebla reveal a busy trading economy reinforced by aggressive military policies       
c. 2400 BC
 
     
The rich trading city of Mari, on the Euphrates, is an important centre in northern Mesopotamia        
c. 2000 BC
 
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Trade is carried on from Crete round the Mediterranean as far west as Sicily and in the east down to Egypt       
c. 2000 BC
 
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Administrative records and accounts at Knossos are kept in a script, as yet undeciphered, known as Linear A      
c. 1750 BC
 
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Priests in Babylon make loans from the temple treasure, introducing the concept of banking       
c. 1300 BC
 
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Mycenaean merchants trade as far west as Spain and have links with neolithic societies far away in the interior of Europe      
c. 1000 BC
 
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Petra acquires importance and wealth from its position on caravan routes from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean      
c. 1000 BC
 
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The abacus is used as an everyday method of calculation by Phoenicians and Babylonians      
   


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