Astronomical Time versus Social Time: A Case Study from Ancient Egypt

Gautschy, Rita. (2017) Astronomical Time versus Social Time: A Case Study from Ancient Egypt. Journal of Skyscape Archaeology, 3 (2). pp. 217-223.

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The archaeological context of a recently unearthed sundial from the Egyptian Valley of the Kings suggests that the object was used to de ne the work hours of labourers engaged in building tombs. An analysis of the sundial enables us to establish its precision and the scienti c rationale on which the measurement of time is based. This allows us to gain insights into the role of astronomical time in Egypt c. 1200 BC. Administrative texts of the same period found nearby o er additional evidence on the everyday life of the workmen and the importance of social time in regulating their activities. This provides us with a unique opportunity to compare astronomical with social time and ponder the arising implications from the convergence or divergence of the two.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Altertumswissenschaften > Fachbereich Ägyptologie > Ägyptologie (Bickel)
UniBasel Contributors:Gautschy, Rita
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Equinox Publishing LTD
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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