The 6,000 Years History of Urbanization

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Watch this map in the video, visualizing the history of urban settlements from 3700 BC – 2000 AD…

The data shown in the map comes from a Yale-led study published earlier this month in Scientific Data, which compiled the most comprehensive dataset on historical urban populations to date.

The data has a number of limitations and is “far from comprehensive.” Certain parts of world are better represented than others, and some well known cities do not appear until centuries after they were founded. That said, it is the first global-scale collection of pre-1950 urban populations, and a good starting point for future research.

2 thoughts on “The 6,000 Years History of Urbanization

  1. The Timechart History of the World, taken from a mural on the wall of the British museum, allows one to try to see the empires and histories in a single view, especially like what is happening in Greece when what is happening in the Bible.

    We need a map like this for the solar system!

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