This is a list of decades from the beginning of the 2nd millennium BC to the end of the 3rd millennium AD, including links to corresponding articles with more information about them.
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|2nd millennium BC|
|20th century BC||1990s BC||1980s BC||1970s BC||1960s BC||1950s BC||1940s BC||1930s BC||1920s BC||1910s BC||1900s BC|
|19th century BC||1890s BC||1880s BC||1870s BC||1860s BC||1850s BC||1840s BC||1830s BC||1820s BC||1810s BC||1800s BC|
|18th century BC||1790s BC||1780s BC||1770s BC||1760s BC||1750s BC||1740s BC||1730s BC||1720s BC||1710s BC||1700s BC|
|17th century BC||1690s BC||1680s BC||1670s BC||1660s BC||1650s BC||1640s BC||1630s BC||1620s BC||1610s BC||1600s BC|
|16th century BC||1590s BC||1580s BC||1570s BC||1560s BC||1550s BC||1540s BC||1530s BC||1520s BC||1510s BC||1500s BC|
|15th century BC||1490s BC||1480s BC||1470s BC||1460s BC||1450s BC||1440s BC||1430s BC||1420s BC||1410s BC||1400s BC|
|14th century BC||1390s BC||1380s BC||1370s BC||1360s BC||1350s BC||1340s BC||1330s BC||1320s BC||1310s BC||1300s BC|
|13th century BC||1290s BC||1280s BC||1270s BC||1260s BC||1250s BC||1240s BC||1230s BC||1220s BC||1210s BC||1200s BC|
|12th century BC||1190s BC||1180s BC||1170s BC||1160s BC||1150s BC||1140s BC||1130s BC||1120s BC||1110s BC||1100s BC|
|11th century BC||1090s BC||1080s BC||1070s BC||1060s BC||1050s BC||1040s BC||1030s BC||1020s BC||1010s BC||1000s BC|
|1st millennium BC|
|10th century BC||990s BC||980s BC||970s BC||960s BC||950s BC||940s BC||930s BC||920s BC||910s BC||900s BC|
|9th century BC||890s BC||880s BC||870s BC||860s BC||850s BC||840s BC||830s BC||820s BC||810s BC||800s BC|
|8th century BC||790s BC||780s BC||770s BC||760s BC||750s BC||740s BC||730s BC||720s BC||710s BC||700s BC|
|7th century BC||690s BC||680s BC||670s BC||660s BC||650s BC||640s BC||630s BC||620s BC||610s BC||600s BC|
|6th century BC||590s BC||580s BC||570s BC||560s BC||550s BC||540s BC||530s BC||520s BC||510s BC||500s BC|
|5th century BC||490s BC||480s BC||470s BC||460s BC||450s BC||440s BC||430s BC||420s BC||410s BC||400s BC|
|4th century BC||390s BC||380s BC||370s BC||360s BC||350s BC||340s BC||330s BC||320s BC||310s BC||300s BC|
|3rd century BC||290s BC||280s BC||270s BC||260s BC||250s BC||240s BC||230s BC||220s BC||210s BC||200s BC|
|2nd century BC||190s BC||180s BC||170s BC||160s BC||150s BC||140s BC||130s BC||120s BC||110s BC||100s BC|
|1st century BC||90s BC||80s BC||70s BC||60s BC||50s BC||40s BC||30s BC||20s BC||10s BC||0s BC|
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