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The Mesoamerican Long Count Calendar Used By the Mayans Began in 3114 BC

The Mesoamerican Long Count Calendar Used By the Mayans Began in 3114 BC

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Today in Latin American history, the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, used by the Mayans began in 3114 BC.

The Mesoamerican Long Count calendar is a non-repeating calendar used by several Pre-Columbian Mesoamerican cultures, most notably the Maya.

For this reason, it is sometimes known as the Maya (or Mayan) Long Count calendar. Using a modified vigesimal tally, the Long Count calendar identifies a day by counting the number of days passed since a mythical creation date that corresponds to August 11, 3114 BCE in the Proleptic Gregorian calendar.

The Long Count calendar was widely used on monuments.

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