1 - 1657 AM [Chart]
4223 - 2567 BC [Chart]
Genesis 1 - 8
This is a period of the world's history which is not generally accepted by historians. This is possibly because it does not easily fit into the commonly held world-view - that of the earth's gradual development through the process of evolution.
However, it is interesting to note the presence of "flood myths" in many ancient cultures and traditions. A good example of this is found in the Gilgamesh Epic (link goes to external site), detailing the story of King Gilgamesh of Uruk and that of his friend Enkidu.
There are 3 main events in this era which have a lasting influence throughout the rest of the biblical narrative: