Calendars in Ancient America

  • 260-day cycle divided into 13 “months” of twenty days (used by most of the ancient Mesoamericans)

  • 365-day cycle, divided into 18 “months” of twenty days. The five leftover days were called the “resting,” or “sleep of the year.”

  • 3276-day cycle divided into four quadrants of 819 days (the product of 7 x 9 x 13, all sacred numbers to the Maya).

  • “Long count” calendar counted days from the creation of the world (said to be on August 11, 3114 B.C.)

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None of the calendars existing in ancient America consisted of a seven day week. Most consisted of periods of 20 days, repeating over the course of the year.
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