|Bronze Age |
Near East (c. 3300–1200 BC)
- Anatolia, Caucasus, Elam, Egypt, Levant, Mesopotamia, Sistan, Canaan
- Late Bronze Age collapse
Indian subcontinent (c. 3300–1200 BC)
- Indus Valley Civilisation
- Bronze Age India
- Ochre Coloured Pottery
- Cemetery H
Europe (c. 3200–600 BC)
- Aegean (Cycladic, Minoan, Mycenaean), Caucasus, Catacomb culture, Srubnaya culture, Beaker culture, Apennine culture, Terramare culture, Unetice culture, Tumulus culture, Urnfield culture, Proto-Villanovan culture, Hallstatt culture, Canegrate culture, Golasecca culture,
- Atlantic Bronze Age, Bronze Age Britain, Nordic Bronze Age
East Asia (c. 3100–300 BC)
- Erlitou, Erligang, Gojoseon, Jomon, Majiayao, Mumun, Qijia, Siwa, Wucheng, Xindian, Yueshi
Poltavka culture (Russian: Полтавкинская культура), 2700—2100 BCE, an early to middle Bronze Age archaeological culture of the middle Volga from about where the Don-Volga canal begins up to the Samara Bend in Russia, with an easterly extension north of present Kazakhstan along the Samara River valley to somewhat west of Orenburg.
Together with the Catacomb culture it is the successor of the Yamnaya culture, while also succeeded by the Sintashta culture. It seems to be an early manifestation of the Srubna culture. There is evidence of influence from the Maykop culture to its south.
What significantly distinguishes it from the Yamnaya culture are changes in pottery and an increase in metal objects. Tumulus inhumations continue, but with less use of ochre.
In a 2015 study published in Nature, the remains of six individuals ascribed to the Poltavka culture were analyzed. Five of the individuals were determined to belong to haplogroup R1b1a2 and various subclades of it, while one individual, who belonged to the outliers of the culture, was determined to belong to haplogroup R1a1a1b2a.
It was succeeded by the Srubna and Sintashta culture. It is presumptively early Indo-Iranian (Proto-Indo-Iranian), possibly representing a late satem dialect of Proto-Indo-European.