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Re: orthographic borrowings

From:wayne chevrier <wachevrier@...>
Date:Tuesday, May 9, 2000, 22:59
Nik Taylor wrote:
>Jonathan Chang wrote: > > as _hommage_ to the Hindu mathematicians who came up > >with the >earliest, workable theory of zero/null/void] > >Earliest in the West, but the Maya had zero long before >they did, even >incorporating it into their calendar - >the days of their months were >numbered 0-19 (there were >18 20-day months plus 5 additional days), as >well as using it in the Long Count, which was the >number of days, in the >form of a modified base-20 >number [the second digit from the right was >only 0-17] since August 13 [or 11, scholars disagree], >3114 BC. There's >evidence that they were using the >Long Count as far back as 355 BC. I >don't know how >accurate that evidence is, but it was definitely in use > >during the Maya Classical Period, around AD 200-900. >
The Maya got their calendar from the Olmecs, August 11 is probably the correct date (otherwise everyone still using the calendar round is off by 2 days), and the Olmec apparently came from the Pacific coast near the Mexican-Guatemala border (Soconusco) around 1500 BCE and spoke a Mixe-Zoquean tongue. ________________________________________________________________________ Get Your Private, Free E-mail from MSN Hotmail at