The Maya's First Known Calendar: The Round Calendar

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The Maya’s first known calendar was called the Round Calendar. Its premise was based on two intersecting annual cycles: a 260-day holy year and a 365-day worldly year. This calendar was divided into four pieces of information for each day. A day number and day name in the holy calendar and a day number and month name in the worldly calendar. They believed that a single interval took place every 52 years thus creating the name a Calendar Round. After each interval the calendar would reset itself like a clock. In addition to their knowledge of time the Maya also are believed to have had one of only three writing systems in the ancient world. They used 800 distinct symbols - known as hieroglyphs. The first indication of their language was discovered
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