- Oct 2016
You arrive at those results because you limit the oldest Eastern civilization to the Shang dynasty. In fact, the Hongshan culture precedes the Shang, the Egyptians, and Mesopotamians by a wide margin. The Hongshan culture was in modern day Northeastern China / Manchuria, and is dated back to 4700 BC. The central Asian steppes provides a direct route from Manchuria to Mesopotamia. This has the possibility of being the oldest civilization in the world.
The Hongshan have been building pyramids, underground tunnels, jade dragons, and altars much before the first Egyptian pharoh got mummified.
Ancient Hongshan Culture: Creators Of A Pyramid And Remarkable Artifacts That Are Still Shrouded In Mystery | Ancient Pages
It is possible that Mesopotamian civilization developed independently of the Eastern civilization, but you should always keep in mind the Eastern civilization was the oldest of them all.
Initially, very interesting article in that link ..... until I got to the image of the 'pyramid' ... seriously ?