We'll meet again on the 10th of the 4th month.
Thanks for stopping by.
I'm sure we can work out all the details then."
I'll see you the beginning of the 3rd watch on the tenth in
the fourth. So long"
This is a conversation that could have
taken place 3,000 years ago (but not in "english" of course).
Without the disadvantaqges of modern timekeeping,
could any meetings in the future be planned? Simple, the moon
sun keeps perfect time! What held true thousands of years ago still
holds true today.
Some say that the moon is no longer a
timepiece in modern times, and that it has slowed
down considerably in the last 6 thousand years so that its timekeeping
accuracy won't "work"... Yes, according to my caluculations,
using data from NASA and NOAA, the moon has slowed down over the last
6000 years about
0.001 seconds. 'Nuf said.
What follows is a discussion on how to tell time and day and
month of year as it was before the invention of the "modern" calendars
and timepieces. Personally, I like it much better.
To me, it's fun and somehow conforting to experience
a thousands year old method of timekeeping, in particular, time keeping before
A Word About Carbon Dating
For those that believe the earth was created about 7,000
years ago, go to my tract "Dinosaurs." It talks about my
views on the carbon dating system. Whether you are "for" or
"against" carbon dating, both views are part of your religion.
Both require "faith" on your part to "believe" the missing pieces
of each stance.
The 7,000-yearists have
to have faith in translations of their manuals, and the
Billion-yearists have to have faith in their translation of the carbon
dating manuals. The "Dinosaurs" tract may help put it in
perspective a bit.
Carbon dating is just
a yardstick that measures relative past time, is all. I
personally don't agree with conclusions of carbon dating, but I agree
to its use to figure relative time, i.e., relative to its own
scale of projected past time elapsed. For example, I can take a piece
of string in my stretched out hands and cut it to that
length. I can use that length of string to measure things.
Let's call the length of that string "one DB." With that
string I can measure my garage as being 8 1/2 DBs by 5 DBs.
Same way with carbon dating. It has many problems
with its accuracy because volcanoes, forest fires and other cataclysmic
events put gunk in the atmosphere obscure that accuracy.
But anyway, throughout this site
I will use carbon dating times only as a relative standard for
measurement, not an accurate one.
Long Ago Time Keeping
"Ice-age hunters in Europe over 20,000 years ago (sorry 7,000-yearists - ddb) scratched lines and gouged holes
in sticks and bones, possibly counting the days between phases of the moon. Five
thousand years ago, Sumerians in the Tigris-Euphrates valley in today's Iraq had
a calendar that divided the year into 30 day months, divided the day into
12 periods (each corresponding to 2 of our hours), and divided these periods
into 30 parts (each like 4 of our minutes). We have no written records of
Stonehenge, built over 4000 years ago in England, but its alignments show its
purposes apparently included the determination of seasonal or celestial events,
such as lunar eclipses, solstices and so on.
The earliest Egyptian calendar was
based on the moon's cycles, but later the Egyptians realized that the "Dog Star"
in Canis Major, which we call Sirius, rose next to the sun every 365 days, about
when the annual inundation of the Nile began. Based on this knowledge, they
devised a 365 day calendar that seems to have begun around 3100 BCE (Before the
Common Era), which thus seems to be one of the earliest years recorded in
Before 2000 BCE, the Babylonians (in today's Iraq) used a year of
12 alternating 29 day and 30 day lunar months, giving a 354 day year. In
contrast, the Mayans of Central America relied not only on the Sun and Moon, but
also the planet Venus, to establish 260 day and 365 day calendars. This culture
and its related predecessors spread across Central America between 2600 BCE and
1500 CE, reaching their apex between 250 and 900 CE. They left celestial-cycle
records indicating their belief that the creation of the world occurred in
3114 BCE. Their calendars later became portions of the great Aztec calendar
stones. Our present civilization has adopted a 365 day solar calendar with a
leap year occurring every fourth year (except century years not evenly divisible
- from physics.nist.gov/GenInt/Time/ancient.html
Since I'm not into the
a-long-neck-to-eat-leaves-from-the-tops-of-trees" religion, or the
"God-is-so-mad-at-me-he-is-going-to-kill-me" religion, or the
"God-made-me-hate-you" religion, or the, well, keep reading. At
any rate I guess you might consider me to be in the minority. Duh.
First Day of the First Month
What does it look like?
It looks like this: