By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (August 11, 2021) – In Issue 2021-153 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we celebrate the beginning of time – or at least the estimated start of tracking time.


According to the Mesoamerican Long Count Calendar, used by the Mayans, time began today in 3114 BC.  At least that is their estimation of the date of Creation.

The Mayans used several calendars, the Calendar Round and the Long Count, to mark time.  The Long Count was used for tracking long periods of time and recording events in perspective with each other while the Calendar Round was the equivalent of a year of time.

The Long Count is important as it extends into the past and can be used to project into the future.  Calendar Round could only be used for 52 cycles before repeating while the linear aspect of Long Count can be extended from a definitive point which was the creation date.

This method of marking time was used in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica but is still used in some native Guatemalan highlands villages.

Here is Johnson’s map of Mexico and parts of Central America, including Guatemala from 1863.

Map of Mexico – 1865 ( Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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