17th century BC

The 17th century BC was a century which lasted from 1700 BC to 1601 BC.

Nebra sky disk, central Europe 1600 BC. The inlaid gold depicted the crescent moon and the Pleiades star cluster in a specific arrangement forming the earliest known depiction of celestial phenomena.
Millennium: 2nd millennium BC
State leaders:
Categories: Births – Deaths
Establishments – Disestablishments


Satellite image of Thera, centre location of the Minoan eruption, one possible source of 17th century BC climatic disturbances

Significant persons



Sovereign States

See: List of sovereign states in the 17th century BC.

Decades and years


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