New Year, New Me: A History of Calendars

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So the New Year is here, and I’m sure many of you will have made resolutions or goals for how you’re going to make this year better than the last. As humans in a modern world, we are ruled by time. Minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and years dictate our lives – what we are legally allowed to do, how long we have to work, when our bills are due, when we can go on holiday. But even before we had precise modern ways to measure time, humans have marked the passing of time for thousands of years. When will the long days be coming again? When do I need to plant and harvest my crops? When will the harsh winter end?

3092339274_c726a1d705_bA Farmer’s pocket calendar from about 1400 showing the usual labour of the month and the respective sign of the zodiac, as well as a schematic representation of the average…

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