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Calendrical Calculations, Third Edition by Edward M. Reingold, Nachum Dershowitz

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        Mayan New Year ceremonies. Reproduced, with permission, from Plate 28 in A Commentary on the Dresden Codex: A Maya Hieroglyphic Book, by J. E. S. Thompson, American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, PA, 1972.

10The Mayan Calendars1

The invention of the Central American calendar in the Seventh century before Christ may be described with all propriety as one of the outstanding intellectual achievements in the history of man. This calendar solved with conspicuous success the great problem of measuring and defining time which confronts all civilized nations. Moreover it required the elaboration of one of the four or five original systems ...

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