Timekeeping 101

Louxor Obelisk, Paris - March 19, 2005 (cropped and slightly rotated) Copyright © 2005 David Monniaux in Wikipediaor…How Humans Kept Time – a history

Most animal keeps some sort of schedule, albeit a very basic one. Nocturnal animals sleep during the day and hunt and play during the night while diurnal creatures sleep during the night (like humans for example). However, the history of clocks began once humans created civilizations – thousands of years ago. Their desire for order required more punctuality than biology allowed.

THE SUN – one of the oldest tools for keeping time

The history of clocks stretches back many millennia. Ancient people used the sun as early as 5500 years ago. Egyptians built obelisks as a sort of giant sundial, and the shadows that it created under the sun’s glare allowed users to read time.

By about 800 A.D., the first mechanical clocks began to appear with new innovations being introduced to make these clocks more accurate. If truth be told, the sundials and water clocks were more accurate than the early mechanical clocks Continue reading