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Re: calendars (was: samhain?)

From:Tim May <butsuri@...>
Date:Thursday, November 11, 2004, 0:10
Mark J. Reed wrote at 2004-11-10 10:48:52 (-0500)
 > On Wed, Nov 10, 2004 at 12:39:08AM +0000, Tim May wrote:
 > > Yes... I've been looking into this.  First, it seems to be fairly
 > > common to give Maya dates in backdated Gregorian, despite this being
 > > rare elsewhere.
 > How strange.  Especially in conjunction with BC numbering.  I've seen
 > retrojected Gregorian dates mostly in use by astronomers, who use
 > 0 and negative year numbers AD instead of BC.  Guess we should just
 > stick to the Julian Day numbers to avoid ambiguity. :)

It's probably the astronomers they get it from, then, given the
importance of astronomical data in the field.  Perhaps they only use
BC numbering in popular accounts, and don't think to change to Julian?
(In any case, I'm basing the idea that they're common on a very
restricted sample.)

 > > Oh, I didn't mean _you_, Marcos.  But when you try looking this
 > > stuff up online psychoceramics
 > Eh?  "psychoceramics"?

Supposedly "the study of cracked pots".