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Gnomons at Meroë and Early Trigonometry
The Journal of Egyptian Archaeology
Vol. 84 (1998), pp. 171-180
Published by: Egypt Exploration Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3822211
Page Count: 10
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Angles of the sun and shadows at Meroë at significant annual dates are given. Three graffiti in building 950 at Meroë, previously published by Garstang and probably dating to the first century BC or the first century AD, are discussed in the light of their astronomical implications. A new interpretation identifies a gnomon, an instrument that measures shadows, and its significance for the early history of trigonometry is noted. In one instance observation of the summer solstice at Meroë is suggested.
The Journal of Egyptian Archaeology © 1998 Egypt Exploration Society