Mathematics Throughout History

Time and Math in History

What is some of the earliest evidence of keeping time?

No one truly agrees as to what culture(s) first invented timekeeping. Some historians believe that marks on sticks and bones made by Ice Age hunters in Europe around 20,000 years ago recorded days between successive new moons. Another hypothesis states that the measurement of time dates back some 10,000 years, which coincides with the development of agriculture—especially in terms of when to best plant crops. Still others point to timekeeping evidence dating back 5,000 to 6,000 years ago around the Middle East and North Africa. Whatever the true beginnings, most researchers agree that timekeeping is one of those subjects whose history will never truly be accurately known.


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