Article ID: CBB647223024

The Mesoamerican 6,940-day Cycle Reconsidered (2014)

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In 1931 John Teeple first proposed that the dates recorded on Stela A at Copán evidenced the Classic Maya knowledge of the Metonic cycle. While his Determinant Theory has long been fully discredited, scholars’ explanations of a 6940-day period have been diverse (e.g. Morley, 1920; Spinden, 1924; Chambers, 1965; Alexander, 1988). The information, however, is not self-evident. At best, the use of the 235-lunar month cycle may only be inferred from a limited corpus of documents, but cannot be confirmed (Bricker and Bricker, 2011). While it may be imprudent to firmly dismiss the hypothesis concerning the Maya awareness of the Metonic cycle, it seems that even if the Maya has some knowledge of it, in practice this knowledge had never been consistently used or disseminated.

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Authors & Contributors
Aldana, Gerardo Villalobos
Iwaniszewski, Stanislaw
Stuart, David C.
Gullberg, Steven
Moyano, Ricardo
Galindo Trejo, Jesús
Journals
Archaeoastronomy: The Journal of Astronomy in Culture
Journal of Skyscape Archaeology
Mediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry
Archeoastronomy (Supplement to Journal for the History of Astronomy)
Journal for the History of Astronomy
Science
Publishers
Cambridge University Press
University Press of Colorado
Concepts
Mayan civilization
Archaeoastronomy
Aztecs
Incas
Amerindians
Calendars
Time Periods
Precolumbian period (America)
9th century
Ancient
8th century
Prehistory
15th century
Places
Central America
Mexico
Mesoamerica
Guatemala
Argentina
Mexico City (Mexico)
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