Ancient Calendar


The Kom Ombo Temple had something very unique that no other temple we saw had. On the wall of the temple was the first ancient calendar. The ancient Egyptians had their own numbering system which consisted of a symbol for 1, 10, 100, 1000, 10000 and so on. This made it easy for them to read big numbers. If they wanted to make the number 9 they would draw the symbol for 1 nine times. Their calendar showed that their week consisted of 10 days and one month equaled 3 weeks. 4 months equaled one season and there were only 3 seasons a year for a total of 360 days a year. The seasons were Winter, flood, and summer. This calendar was actually quite accurate which shows how intelligent these ancient people were. Our modern calendar consist of a month being 30 or 31 days just like theirs. They realized they needed to make a calendar to help them keep track of when the Nile flooded so this helped them with agriculture. I think the calendar was a great discovery because it tells us how that much more about the people who lived so long ago.

Posted at 12:45 PM by Jennifer Hamilton