From Nineveh to Chaco: Calendars Through Time – Here and There

A Conference to be held at the Pagosa Lodge
in beautiful Pagosa Springs, Colorado.

From Nineveh to Chaco – Calendars Through Time will be a stimulating forum, and lively collaboration, between scientists, artists, and interpretive scholars. Presenters will explore how disparate cultures across the globe have quantified time to serve their social and cultural needs.

Pagosa Lodge in Pagosa Springs, ColoradoSocieties have organized time in a myriad of ways. People have coped within diverse manners with the cyclical, but unequal periods, of the sun, moon, and planets, and their calendars provide unique glimpses into the past.

Time keeping systems have changed through time. Calendars control not only our world view but also our cultural identity. How people agree to set schedules, designate holidays and hold public events derives more from political and religious dictates than astronomical observation. Calendars that we may take for granted have been cobbled together from strands of history. Our Common Era calendar, BC and AD, is an amalgam of Greco-Roman, Biblical, and Ancient Near Eastern systems, with an additional dash of Renaissance astronomy.

The Pagosa Springs conference will explore the link between calendars and history by focusing on three themes:

  1. Astronomy – the practical manner in which calendars are set
  2. History – how written calendars of different civilizations have changed over time
  3. Ethnology – how preliterate, non-literate and folk cultures created their calendars from direct observation.

Conference Schedule

Sunday, June 12, 2011 –  4-6 PM

Conference registration at the Pagosa Lodge, cash bar and hors d’oeuvres reception

Monday, June 13, 2011

Continental Breakfast 8 – 8:30

Section I -   Astronomy:  The observational core of the calendar

  • Section I-1           8:30 – 9:00
  • Section I-2           9:00 – 9:30
  • Section I-3           9:30-10:00

Break         10:00 – 10:30

  • Section I-4           10:30 – 11:00
  • Section I-5           11:00 – 11:30
  • Section I-6           11:30 – 12:00

Lunch         12:00 – 1:00

  • Section I-7           1:00-1:30
  • Section I-8           1:30 – 2:00
  • Section I-9           2:00- 2:30

Break         2:30 – 3:00

  • Section I-10         3:00-3:30
  • Section I-11         3:30- 4:00
  • Section I-12         4:00 – 4:30

Dinner on your own

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Continental Breakfast           8 – 8:30

Section II -  History – How calendars have shaped history

  • Section II-1          8:30 – 9:00
  • Section II-2 9:00 – 9:30
  • Section II-3 9:30-10:00

Break         10:00 – 10:30

  • Section II-4 10:30 – 11:00
  • Section II-5 11:00 – 11:30
  • Section II-6 11:30 – 12:00

Lunch         12:00 – 1:00

  • Section II-7 1:00-1:30
  • Section II-8 1:30 – 2:00
  • Section II-9 2:00- 2:30

Break                   2:30 – 3:00

  • Section II-10        3:00-3:30
  • Section II-11        3:30- 4:00
  • Section II-12        4:00 – 4:30

Cocktails   6:30 – 7:30

Banquet with keynote speaker, TBA,   7:30 – 9:00

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Continental Breakfast 8 – 8:30

Sections III – Ethnology – Calendars without writing

  • Section III-1         8:30 – 9:00
  • Section III-2         9:00 – 9:30
  • Section III-3         9:30-10:00

Break         10:00 – 10:30

  • Section III-4         10:30 – 11:00
  • Section III-5         11:00 – 11:30
  • Section III-6         11:30 – 12:00

Conference closes at noon on Wednesday.  Lunch on your own and free afternoon.

5:30 PM board bus for Full Moon program at Chimney Rock

Optional tour possibilities:

  • Chaco Canyon
  • Milstein Tower
  • Solar Array at plains of San Austin, Albuquerque
  • Mesa Verde
  • Durango Silverton narrow gauge train

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