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Keepers of Time: Ancient Egyptian Sundials and Water Clocks

April 14, 2022 @ 5:00 pm EDT Eastern Time

Andrews Hall, Room 101, College of William & Mary
605 Jamestown Road
Williamsburg, VA 23187 United States


AIA Society: Williamsburg

Lecturer: Sarah Symons

Ancient Egypt has left behind a rich material culture which includes instruments and instructions for timekeeping. Three distinct types of sundial and one type of water clock are first seen in Egypt. Remarkably, an instruction manual for making a sundial and a description of the invention of a new type of water clock have also been found, showing us a tantalizing glimpse of a body of ‘scientific’ literature around 1400 BCE that has now mostly been lost. We will also see how the discoveries of Egyptian sundials and water clocks over the last two centuries have changed our understanding of timekeeping in the ancient world.

 

Short bibliography and/or website on lecture topic:

https://aea.physics.mcmaster.ca/

Miller, K.J. and Symons, S.L. eds., 2019. Down to the Hour: Short Time in the Ancient Mediterranean. Time, Astronomy, and Calendars. [online] Leiden: Brill. Available at: <https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004416291>.

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Date:
April 14, 2022
Time:
5:00 pm EDT
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Contact

Jessica Paga
Email:
jpaga@wm.edu

Venue

Andrews Hall, Room 101, College of William & Mary
605 Jamestown Road
Williamsburg, VA 23187 United States
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