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Now on View: The Ancient Future

Mesoamerican and Andean Timekeeping
Now on View: The Ancient Future

Detail from an early representation of the Aztec Calendar Stone.León y Gama, Antonio de, 1735-1802. Descripción histórica y cronológica de las dos piedras…. México, Impr. del ciudadano Alejandro Valdés, 1832.

The Aztec, Maya, and Inca civilizations used complex and multiple timekeeping systems for purposes of agriculture, worship, and political authority. Because little of the material record of the pre-Conquest peoples of the Americas survived, scholars through the ages have had limited primary sources to study in order to reach a comprehensive understanding of timekeeping in the Americas.

The Library’s newest exhibit was prepared to coincide with the recent Pre-Columbian Studies symposium, "The Measure and Meaning of Time in the Americas." The online exhibit further explores these themes.

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