Comparing Timelines of Ancient Egypt

This article contains my comparisons of timelines of ancient Egypt that I found on Google. I currently have 30 websites from which I collected data.

This article shows that there are a number of different dates given for different periods of Egyptian history. Below, I present the dates and their sources.

The information collected represents a sample of articles which people might find if they were to search for timeline of ancient Egypt, or a similar term. Unless someone is aware of the differences shown below, they might be lead to believe that there is only one set of dates attributed to a specific period. The contradictions in dates below place 10’s, 100’s, and 1000’s years of history under question.

This article was originally published on March 6, 2019.
The second data set was added on May 28, 2020.

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Some information taken from the data below:

Predynastic Period.
Total Number of Entries: 25.
Oldest Start: 8000 BC.
Youngest End: 2700 BC.
Longest Total Length: 5300 years.
Shortest Total Length: 400 years.
Difference Between Longest and Shortest: 3900 years.

Early Dynastic Period (Archaic).
Total Number of Entries: 27.
Oldest Start: 3200 BC.
Youngest End: 2575 BC.
Longest Total Length: 525 years.
Shortest Total Length: 300 years.
Difference Between Longest and Shortest: 225 years.

Old Kingdom.
Total Number of Entries: 30.
Oldest Start: 2850 BC.
Youngest End: 2040 BC.
Longest Total Length: 740 years.
Shortest Total Length: 425 years.
Difference Between Longest and Shortest: 315 years.

First Intermediate Period.
Total Number of Entries: 29.
Oldest Start: 2258 BC.
Youngest End: 1975 BC.
Longest Total Length: 258 years.
Shortest Total Length: 30 years.
Difference Between Longest and Shortest: 228 years.

Middle Kingdom.
Total Number of Entries: 31.
Oldest Start: 2125 BC.
Youngest End: 1540 BC.
Longest Total Length: 500 years.
Shortest Total Length: c.213 years.
Difference Between Longest and Shortest: c.287 years.

Second Intermediate Period.
Total Number of Entries: 28.
Oldest Start: 1786 BC.
Youngest End: 1520 BC.
Longest Total Length: 223 years.
Shortest Total Length: 90 years.
Difference Between Longest and Shortest: 133 years.

New Kingdom.
Total Number of Entries: 31.
Oldest Start: 1575 BC.
Youngest End: 1069 BC.
Longest Total Length: 500 years.
Shortest Total Length: 364 years.
Difference Between Longest and Shortest: 136 years.

Third Intermediate Period.
Total Number of Entries: 27.
Oldest Start: 1085 BC.
Youngest End: 525 BC.
Longest Total Length: 545 years.
Shortest Total Length: 342 years.
Difference Between Longest and Shortest: 203 years.

Late Dynastic Period.
Total Number of Entries: 26.
Oldest Start: 1786 BC.
Youngest End: 1520 BC.
Longest Total Length: 396 years.
Shortest Total Length: 139 years.
Difference Between Longest and Shortest: 257 years.

Macedonian/Ptolemaic Dynasties.
Total Number of Entries: 30.
Oldest Start: 332 BC.
Youngest End: 30 BC.
Longest Total Length: 302 years.
Shortest Total Length: 274 years.
Difference Between Longest and Shortest: 28 years.

Roman/Byzantine Period.
Total Number of Entries: 21.
Oldest Start: 332 BC.
Youngest End: 30 BC.
Longest Total Length: 676 years.
Shortest Total Length: 330 years.
Difference Between Longest and Shortest: 346 years.

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The data is listed as: start-end dates, length, source, and then sometimes what dynasties are included by the source.

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Predynastic Period

Total Number of Entries: 25.
Oldest Start: 8000 BC.
Youngest End: 2700 BC.
Longest Total Length: 5300 years.
Shortest Total Length: 400 years.
Difference Between Longest and Shortest: 3900 years.

8000-2700 (5300) – [17]

5500-3100 (2400) – [21]

c.5500-3100 (c.2400) – [19]

c.5500-3100BC (c.2400) – [6]

5500-3050BC (2450) – [10]

5300-3000BC (2300) – [4a]

c.5300-3000 (c.2300) – [16a]

5000-3100BC (2100) – [5]

5000-3000BC (2000) – [7] – O.C. (Orthodox Chronology)

c.5000-2950 (c.2050) – [8]

4500-3000 (1500) – [27] – (Neolithic)

c.4425-3200 (c.1225) – [16b]

4300-3000 (1300) – [14]

c.4000-3100 (c.1100) – [13]

3500-3100 (400) – [15]

3500-3100 (400) – [22]

3500-3000BC (500) – [12] – D.0

Before-3200 – [29]

Before-3100BC – [4b]

Before-3100BC – [2]

3100-2950BC (50) – [9] – (Late)

3100-2950BC (50) – [23] – D.0 (Late)

3100-2950BC (50) – [30] – (Late)

Before-3000BC – [25]

Ends 2780 – [26] – D.1-2

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Early Dynastic Period (Archaic)

Total Number of Entries: 27.
Oldest Start: 3200 BC.
Youngest End: 2575 BC.
Longest Total Length: 525 years.
Shortest Total Length: 300 years.
Difference Between Longest and Shortest: 225 years.

3200-2686 (514) – [16] – D.0-2

3200-2686 (514) – [29] – D.1-2

3100-2800BC (300) – [8] – D.1-2

3100-2700 (400) – [21] – D.1-2

3100-2700 (400) – [22] – D.1-2

3100-2686 (414) – [2] – D.1-2

3100-2686BC (414) – [5]

3100-2686 (414) – [11] – D.1-2

3100-2686 (414) – [13]

3100-2686 (414) – [15] – D.1-2

3100-2686 (414) – [19] – D.1-2

3100-2686 (414) – [28] – D.1-2

3100-2600 (500) – [6]

3100-2575BC (525) – [3] – D.1-3

3050-2686BC (364) – [7] – O.C., D.0-2

3050-2675 (375) – [10] – D.1-2

3000-2700 (300) – [20] – D.1-2

3000-2686BC (314) – [4a] – D.1-2

3000-2686BC (314) – [12] – D.1-2

3000-2675 (325) – [14] – D.1-2

3000-2650 (350) – [27]

3000-2575 B.C. (425) – [25] – D.1-2

2950-2575BC (375) – [1] – D.1-3

2950-2575BC (375) – [4b] – D.1-2

2950-2575BC (375) – [9] – D.1-3

2950-2575BC (375) – [23] – D.1-3

2950-2575BC (375) – [30] – D.1-3

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Old Kingdom

Total Number of Entries: 30.
Oldest Start: 2850 BC.
Youngest End: 2040 BC.
Longest Total Length: 740 years.
Shortest Total Length: 425 years.
Difference Between Longest and Shortest: 315 years.

2850-2140 (710) – [18] – D.1-6

2800-2250BC (550) – [8]

2780–2040BC (740) – [26] – D.3-4

2700-2200BC (500) – [21] – D.3-6

2700-2200BC (500) – [22] – D.3-6

2686-2181BC (505) – [2] – D.3-6

2686-2181BC (505) – [5]

2686-2181BC (505) – [7] – O.C., D.3-6

2686-2181BC (505) – [11] – D.3-6

2686-2181BC (505) – [12] – D.3-6

2686-2181BC (505) – [13]

2686-2181BC (505) – [15] – D.3-6

2686-2181BC (505) – [19] – D.3-6

2686-2181BC (505) – [28] – D.3-4

2686-2181BC (505) – [29] – D.3-6

2686-2180BC (506) – [17] – D.3-7

2686-2160 (526) – [16] – D.3-8

2686-2125BC (561) – [4a]

2675-2180 (495) – [10] – D.3-6

2675-2130 (545) – [14] – D.3-8

2650-2150 (500) – [27]

ca. 2649–2150 B.C. (499) – [24] – D.3-6

2600-2100BC (500) – [6]

2575-2150BC (425) – [1] – D.4-8

2575-2150BC (425) – [4b] – D.3-6

2575-2150BC (425) – [3] – D.4-8

2575-2150BC (425)- [9] – D.4-8

2575-2150BC (425) – [23] – D.4-8

2575-2150BC (425) – [30] – D.4-8

2575-2134 B.C. (441) – [25] – D.3-6

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First Intermediate Period

Total Number of Entries: 29.
Oldest Start: 2258 BC.
Youngest End: 1975 BC.
Longest Total Length: 258 years.
Shortest Total Length: 30 years.
Difference Between Longest and Shortest: 228 years.

2258-c2000 (c.258) – [18] – D.7-11

2250-2000BC (250) – [8] – D.7-9

2200-2000 (200) – [20] – D.7-10

2200-2055 (145) – [22]

2181-2055BC (126) – [5]

2181-2055BC (126) – [11] – D.7-11

2181-2055BC (126) – [21]

2181-2055BC (126) – [28] – D.5-10

2181-2055BC (126) – [29] – D.7-10

2181-2151BC (30) – [2] – D.7-10

2181-2040BC (141) – [7] – O.C., D.7-10

2181-2040BC (141) – [15] – D.7-11

2181-2040BC (141) – [19] – D.7-10

2181-2025BC (156) – [12] – D.7-10

2181-2025BC (156) – [13]

2180-2040BC (140) – [10] – D.7-11

2160-2055BC (105) – [4a] – D.9-11

2160-2055BC (105) – [16] – D.9-11a

ca. 2150–2030 B.C. (120) – [24] – D.8-11a

2150-1975BC (175) – [1] – D.9-11

2150-1975BC (175) – [23] – D.9-10

2150-2040BC (110) – [27]

2134-2040 B.C. (94) – [25] – D.7-10

2130-1980 (150) – [14] – D.9-11a

2125-1975BC (150) – [3] – D.9-11

2125-1975BC (150) – [4b] – D.7-11

2125-1975BC (150) – [6]

2125-1975BC (150) – [30] – D.9-11

2125-1975BC (150) – [9] – D.9-11

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Middle Kingdom

Total Number of Entries: 31.
Oldest Start: 2125 BC.
Youngest End: 1540 BC.
Longest Total Length: 500 years.
Shortest Total Length: c.213 years.
Difference Between Longest and Shortest: c.287 years.

2125-1773 (352) – [12] – D.11-12

2125-1650 (475) – [2] – D.11-13

2055-1795BC (260) – [28] D.11-12

2055-1786BC (269) – [5] D.12

2055-1730BC (325) – [17]

2055-1650BC (405) – [4a] – D.11-13

2055-1650BC (405) – [11] – D.12-14

2055-1650BC (405) – [16] – D.11a-14

2055-1650BC (405) – [22]

2055-1650BC (405) – [29] – D.11-12

2050-1640BC (410) – [21]

2040-1797BC (243) – [19] – D.11-12

2040-1782BC (258) – [15] – D.11-12

2040-1782BC (258) – [7] – O.C., D.11-12

2040-1650BC (390) – [10] – D.11-13

2040-1640 B.C. (400) – [25] – D.11-13

2040-1640 B.C. (400) – [27]

2040-1540 B.C. (500) – [26] – D.11-12

ca. 2030–1640 B.C. (c.390) – [24] – D.11b-13

2025-1700BC (325) – [13]

2000-1786 (214) – [8] – D.9-12

2000-1700 (300) – [20] – D.11-13

2000-1650 (350) – [6]

c.1989-1776 (c.213) – [18] – D.12

1980-1630 (350) – [14] – D.11b-14

1975-1640BC (335) – [1] – D.11-14

1975-1640BC (335) – [3] – D.11-14

1975-1640BC (335) – [4b] – D.12-13

1975-1640BC (335) – [9] – D.11-14

1975-1640BC (335) – [23] – D.11-14

1975-1640BC (335) – [30] – D.11-14

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Second Intermediate Period

Total Number of Entries: 28.
Oldest Start: 1786 BC.
Youngest End: 1520 BC.
Longest Total Length: 223 years.
Shortest Total Length: 90 years.
Difference Between Longest and Shortest: 133 years.

1786-1570 (216) – [18] – D.13-17

1786-1567BC (219) – [5]

1786-1567BC (219) – [8] – D.13-17

1786-1567BC (219) – [15] – D.13-17

1786-1567BC (219) – [19] – D.13-17

1782-1570BC (212) – [7] – O.C., D.13-17

1773-1550 (223) – [12] – D.13-17

1700-1550 (150) – [13]

1700-1550 (150) – [20] – D.14-17

1650-1550 (100) – [2] – D.15-17

1650-1550 (100) – [4a] – D.14-17

1650-1550 (100) – [10] – D.14-17

1650-1550 (100) – [11] – D.15-17

1650-1550 (100) – [16] – D.15-17

1650-1550 (100) – [22] – D.15-17

1650-1550 (100) – [29] – D.13?-17

1640-1550 (90) – [21]

1640-1550 (90) – [25] – D.14-17

1640-1550 (90) – [27]

ca. 1640–1540 B.C. (c.100) – [24] – D.14-17

1640-1520 (120) – [1] – D.15-17

1640-1520 (120) – [23] – D.15-17

c.1630-1539/23 (c.91/107) – [14] – D.15-17

1630-1520 (110) – [3] – D.15-17

1630-1520 (110) – [4b] – D.14-17

1630-1520 (110) – [6]

1630-1520 (110) – [9]

1630-1520 (110) – [30] – D.15-17

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New Kingdom

Total Number of Entries: 31.
Oldest Start: 1575 BC.
Youngest End: 1069 BC.
Longest Total Length: 500 years.
Shortest Total Length: 364 years.
Difference Between Longest and Shortest: 136 years.

1575-1085BC (490) – [8] – D.18-20

1570-1070BC (500) – [7] – O.C., D.18-20

1570-1070BC (500) – [15] – D.18-20

1570-1150 (420) – [18] – D.18-30

1567-1085BC (482) – [5]

1567-1070BC (497) – [19] – D.18-20

1550-1186BC (364) – [28] – D.18-19

1550-1070 (480) – [10] – D.18-20

1550-1070 (480) – [20] – D.18-20

1550-1070 (480) – [21]

1550-1070 (480) – [22]

1550–1070 B.C. (480) – [25] – D.18-20

1550–1070 B.C. (480) – [27]

ca. 1550–1070 B.C. (c.480) – [24] – D.18-20

1550-1069BC (481) – [13]

1550-1069BC (481) – [2] – D.18-20

1550-1069BC (481) – [4a] – D.18-20

1550-1069BC (481) – [11] – D.18-20

1550-1069BC (481) – [12] – D.18-20

1550-1069BC (481) – [16] – D.18-24

1550-1069BC (481) – [17]

1550-1069BC (481) – [29] – D.18-20

1540–1100BC (440) – [26] – D.18-20

1539-1075BC (464) – [3] – D.18-20

1539-1075BC (464) – [4b] – D.18-20

1539-1075BC (464) – [6]

1539-1075BC (464) – [9]

1539-1075BC (464) – [14]

1539-1075BC (464) – [30] – D.18-20

1520 – 1075BC (445) – [1] – D.18-20

1520 – 1075BC (445) – [23] – D.18-20

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Third Intermediate Period

Total Number of Entries: 27.
Oldest Start: 1085 BC.
Youngest End: 525 BC.
Longest Total Length: 545 years.
Shortest Total Length: 342 years.
Difference Between Longest and Shortest: 203 years.

1085-664 (421) – [5]

1085-663 (422) – [8]

1075-715BC (360) – [3] – D.21-25

1075-715BC (360) – [4b] – D.21-25

1075-715BC (360) – [6]

1075-715BC (360) – [9]

1075-715BC (360) – [23] – D.21-24

1075-715BC (360) – [30] – D.21-25

1075-656BC (419) – [14] – D.21-25

1075-653BC (422) – [1] – D.21-24

1070-728(?) (342) – [22]

ca. 1070–713 B.C. (c.357) – [24] – D.21-24

1070-712 (358) – [21]

1070-712 (358) – [25] – D.21-24

1070-712 (358) – [27]

1070-670 (400) – [20] – D.21-25

1070-664 (406) – [10] – D.21-25

1070-664 (406) – [15] – D.21-25

1070-525BC (545) – [7] – D.21-26

1069-664BC (405) – [2] – D.21-25

1069-664BC (405) – [4a] – D.21-25

1069-664BC (405) – [11] – D.21-25

1069-664BC (405) – [13]

1069-664BC (405) – [16] – D.21-25

1069-664BC (405) – [29] – D.21-25

1069-656BC (413) – [12] – D.21-25

1069-525BC (544) – [7] – O.C., D.21-25

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Late Dynastic Period

Total Number of Entries: 26.
Oldest Start: 1786 BC.
Youngest End: 1520 BC.
Longest Total Length: 396 years.
Shortest Total Length: 139 years.
Difference Between Longest and Shortest: 257 years.

728-332BC (396) [22]

715-332BC (383) – [3] – D.20-30

715-332BC (383) – [4b] – D.26-31

715-332BC (383) – [6]

715-332BC (383) – [9] – D.20-30

715-332BC (383) – [23] – D.25-30

715-332BC (383) – [30] – D.20-30

ca. 712–332 B.C. (c.380) – [24] – D.25-30

712–332 B.C. (380) – [25] – D.25-30

712–332 B.C. (380) – [27]

712-323 (389) – [21]

664-525 (139) – [29] – D.26

664-332BC (332) – [2] – D.26-30

664-332BC (332) – [4a] – D.26-30

664-332BC (332) – [5]

664-332BC (332) – [10] – D.26-31

664-332BC (332) – [11] – D.26-30

664-332BC (332) – [12] – D.26-31

664-332BC (332) – [13]

664-332BC (332) – [14] – D.26-31

664-332BC (332) – [15] – D.26-31

664-332BC (332) – [16] – D.26-31

663-332BC (331) – [8] – D.26-31

653-332BC (321) – [1] – D.25-30

525-332BC (193) – [7] – O.C., D.26-31

525-332BC (193) – [19] – D.27-30

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Macedonian/Ptolemaic Dynasties

Total Number of Entries: 30.
Oldest Start: 332 BC.
Youngest End: 30 BC.
Longest Total Length: 302 years.
Shortest Total Length: 274 years.
Difference Between Longest and Shortest: 28 years.

332-311BC (21) – [12] – Macedonian

332-311BC (21) – [15] – Macedonian

332-305BC (27) – [14] – Macedonian

332–304 B.C. (28) – [24] – Macedonian

332-30BC (302) – [2] – Ptolemaic

332-30BC (302) – [4a] – Ptolemaic

332-30BC (302) – [8] – Ptolemaic

332-30BC (302) – [10] – Ptolemaic

332-30BC (302) – [11] – Ptolemaic

332-30BC (302) – [13] – Ptolemaic

332-30BC – (302) [16] – Ptolemaic

332-30BC (302) – [17]

332-30BC (302) – [19] – Ptolemaic

332-30BC (302) – [21] – Ptolemaic

332-30BC (302) – [22] – Ptolemaic

332-30BC (302) – [26] – Ptolemaic

332-30BC (302) – [28]

332-30BC (302) – [29] – Ptolemaic/Greek

332-30BC (302) – [30]

332 – starts [4b]

332 – starts [6]

332 – starts [7] – O.C.

332 – starts [9]

332 – starts [25]

332 – starts [27]

323-30BC (293) – [15] – Plotelmaic

305-30BC (275) – [1]

305-30BC (275) – [13] – Ptolemaic

305BC-30BC (275) – [12] – Ptolemaic

304BC-30BC (274) – [24] – Ptolemaic

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Roman/Byzantine Period

Total Number of Entries: 21.
Oldest Start: 332 BC.
Youngest End: 30 BC.
Longest Total Length: 676 years.
Shortest Total Length: 330 years.
Difference Between Longest and Shortest: 346 years.

30BC-300AD (330) – [20]

30BC-395AD (425) – [2]

30BC-395AD (425) – [3]

30BC-395AD (425) – [8]

30BC-395AD (425) – [10]

30BC-395AD (425) – [30]

30BC-639AD (669) – [26]

30BC-640AD (670) – [28]

30BC-641AD (671) – [13]

30BC-641AD (671) – [11]

30BC-641AD (671) – [16] – Post-Dynastic Egypt

30BC-641AD (671) – [29]

30BC-642AD (672) – [14]

30BC-642AD (672) – [22]

30BC-646AD (676) – [21]

395AD – ends [4b]

395AD – ends [5]

395AD – ends [9]

395AD – ends [25]

641AD – ends [7] – O.C.

642AD – ends [27]

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[16] – https://www.thoughtco.com/dynastic-egypt-timeline-4147743

[17] – https://www.oup.com.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/58106/Chapter-8-Ancient-Egypt.pdf

[18] – https://www.encyclopedia.com/history/asia-and-africa/ancient-history-egypt/dynasties-ancient-egypt

[19] – http://mstecker.com/pages/egyptdyn_fp.htm

[20] – https://thetorah.com/ancient-egypt-an-overview-of-its-history/

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Second Data Set

[21] – https://www.cemml.colostate.edu/cultural/09476/egypt02-01enl.html

[22] – http://www.ancientegypt.co.uk/time/explore/main.html

[23] – https://www.historyonthenet.com/ancient-egypt-timeline-2

[24] – https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/phar/hd_phar.htm

[25] – https://www.museedelhistoire.ca/cmc/exhibitions/civil/egypt/egctimee.html

[26] – https://www.insightguides.com/destinations/africa-middle-east/egypt/historical-highlights

[27] – https://egyptianmuseum.org/interactive-map

[28] – http://www.richard-seaman.com/Travel/Egypt/Timeline/index.html

[29] – https://creation.com/egypt-chronology

[30] – http://brendans-island.com/blogsource/20100402ff-Documents/AncientEgyptTimeline.pdf

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