Something that I’ve been considering a great deal since I first thought about starting this project is how exactly I intend to go about creating this timeline.
When working with a smaller scale timeline, it’s easy enough to set up a line of dates and start plotting in different events. In this case, considering the scale of this endeavor, I have come to question how I intend to start. As it is my goal to chronicle the history of human occupation on this earth, I have selected my starting date is 50 000BC – roughly the beginning of the upper paleolithic era. By this time, Anatomically Modern Humanids (AMH) will have reached a point of behavioural modernity, and shortly thereafter the earliest civilisations/social groups will begin to form.
Of course, anything occurring in these earliest dates will be approximate at best, so working from earliest encounters to the later ones would not be the best way to begin. Which led me to consider adding in dates of certainty first.
Thus, my thinking is to work from a framework of events I know for certain occurred at a particular time. For this reason I decided that I should input the dates/reigns of monarchs and leaders of societies. Most ancient civilisations have a kings list or similar record of their leaders that I can work from with relative ease. From this I will be in a better position to place events into the timeline with more accuracy, as some societies, such at the Roman Republic, recorded happenings as being “during the reign/time of [leader]”.
My issue with is, however, that most of the Ancient societies I have investigated claim their kings or leaders descend directly from a deity – eg. Norseman, Spartans (and other Greeks such as the Corinthians), Egyptians, Israelites, and Babylonians to name a few . Thus the early leaders have time-frame for their rule. These early leaders are important to the societies and their culture and historical direction, so my problem arises in how it is best to incorporate these vague semi-mythological figures into the overall chronology.
I suppose an answer may be found as I continue work. I hope it does.