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This is a list of present-day cities by the time period over which they have been continuously inhabited as a city. The age claims listed are generally disputed. Differences in opinion can result from different definitions of "city" as well as "continuous habitation" and historical evidence is often disputed. Caveats (and sources) to the validity of each claim are discussed in the "Notes" column.


Northern and the Horn



North America

South America


Central and South Asia

East Asia

Southeast Asia

West Asia

Continuous habitation since the Chalcolithic (or Copper Age) is vaguely possible but highly problematic to prove archaeologically for several Levantine cities (Aleppo, Beirut, Byblos, Damascus, Jericho, Jerusalem and Sidon). Cities became more common outside the Fertile Crescent with the Early Iron Age from about 1100 BC. The foundation of Rome in 753 BC is conventionally taken as one of the dates initiating Classical Antiquity.



See also

* Historical urban community sizes * List of cities in the Americas by year of foundation (includes ancient native sites) * List of cities of the ancient Near East * List of largest cities throughout history, including ones no longer inhabited * List of oldest known surviving buildings


External links

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