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A Moment in Time: 1700 B.C. Volume 60 Number 1, January/February 2007

In South Asia, the Indus Valley civilization is in decline and abandons the once prosperous city of Mohenjo-Daro, which had a street grid and an advanced drainage system.

The agricultural villages of Western and Northern Europe emerge from the Neolithic and enter the Bronze Age.

The last surviving mammoths, a dwarf species, still walk Wrangel Island off the northern Siberian coast.

Elaborate Minoan temples and cities on the island of Crete, including Knossos and Phaistos, are mysteriously destroyed, perhaps by a massive earthquake.

Construction begins on the platform mound at Cerro Sechin in Peru, the New World's first monumental structure.

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