This article lists historical urban community sizes based on the estimated populations of selected
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s from 7000 BC – AD 1875, organized by archaeological periods. Many of the figures are uncertain, especially in ancient times. Estimating population sizes before
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es were conducted is a difficult task.

Neolithic settlements

Bronze Age

Iron Age

Middle Ages

Early Modern era

See also

List of largest cities throughout history This article lists the largest human settlement In geography Geography (from Greek: , ''geographia'', literally "earth description") is a field of science devoted to the study of the lands, features, inhabitants, and phenomena ...
(7000 BC – AD 2000) *
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, present day * Estimates of historical world population




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Further reading

* * {{cite journal , url=http://www.public.asu.edu/%7Emesmith9/1-CompleteSet/MES-05-CitySize.pdf , last=Smith , first=Michael E. , year=2005 , title=City Size in Late Post-Classic Mesoamerica , journal=Journal of Urban History , volume=31 , issue=4 , pages=403–434 , doi=10.1177/0096144204274396 , s2cid=145452272

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