Europe’s oldest known civilization?

While discussing ancient civilizations, many people think of Babylon, the Assyrians or Egyptians. One civilization that possibly predates them all is the Cucuteni-Trypillian civilization, which was located in parts of the modern day Ukraine, Moldova and Romania.

Some experts date its rise as far back as 8000 BC, which means it’s over 10,000 years ago! Some of the World’s most populous cities of its day were located in the Ukraine. The ancient Ukrainian city of Dobrovody may have housed 10,000 people as early as 3800 BC. While other civilizations in Europe are also “contenders” for being the oldest, it is quite certain that the Cucuteni-Trypillian culture is one of the oldest.

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