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Gold Through the Ages – Civilization’s Love Affair with the Yellow Metal

As long as there have been people, there’s been an attraction to gold. From pharaohs to hedge funds, gold has been an important tool for building and protecting wealth.

Explore our golden timeline to see how the fascination with gold has evolved over the years!

4600 B.C. – 3000 B.C. Gold artifacts are found in the Varna Necropolis, a gravesite in present-day Bulgaria. These are the earliest evidence of mankind’s ornamental use of gold. The Sumer civilization came into existence around 5,000 years ago in Mesopotamia and used gold for jewelry and headdresses.
4600 B.C. – 3000 B.C.
2600 B.C. – 1500 B.C.
1091 B.C.
560 B.C. – 202 B.C.
58 B.C. – 400 A.D.
788 A.D.
1284 - 1300
1511 - 1700
1799
1848
1886
1900 – 1925
1933 - 1937
1940
1944
1967
1971
1979
1980
1999
2001
2004
2008 - 2010
2011
2015
2016
2017
2018
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4600 B.C. – 3000 B.C.
2600 B.C. – 1500 B.C.
1091 B.C.
560 B.C. – 202 B.C.
58 B.C. – 400 A.D.
788 A.D.
1284 - 1300
1511 - 1700
1799
1848
1886
1900 – 1925
1933 - 1937
1940
1944
1967
1971
1979
1980
1999
2001
2004
2008 - 2010
2011
2015
2016
2017
2018
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