Which ancient civilization had the best calendar system?



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    They Mayans had an incredibly accurate calendar.  They used three different systems for measuring time.  The Haab, or civil calendar, had 18 months of 20 days each and 5 extra days at the end of the year.  They did not count years in the Haab calendar.  They had a Tzolkin date, which measured time in weeks – they had two lengths of weeks, one that was 13 days long and one that was 20 days long.  They also had the Long Count, which counted the number of days since the start of the Mayan era.  The Mayans seemed to know that a year was just over 365 days long.

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    Using the word best in questions can be tough because it’s such a subjective word. I’m assuming that by best here you mean closest to what we go by today, in which case Ashleigh is right in her answer of the Mayan calendar. In fact, the Mayan pyramid had 91 steps on four sides, which adds up to 365, symbolizing the number of days in the year. Mayan civilization was truly remarkable. 

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