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The Shanati Project reconstructs the ancient Babylonian Calendar and synchronizes with the proleptic, or backward counting, Julian Calendar during the years 750 BCE - 100 CE. This is achieved by compiling and integrating all known relevant cuneiform and other ancient textual data, organizing the types of data according to an algorithm, and, when there is a lack of data, supplementing it with a state-of-the-art astronomical model of first lunar visibility. Shanati’s reconstructed daily ancient Babylonian Calendar is positioned to become the new international standard for pre-Julian, recorded Western calendrical time. Apropos of the project's work, "Shanati" means "years" in ancient Babylonian. 

By setting these two calendars on one synchronized timeline, the ancient world becomes temporally connected with the modern world. This assists in bridging the wide gulf between perceptions of our modern world and of the ancient Old World. Shanati’s results offer unprecedented daily precision in 1st millennium BCE chronology, opening new vistas for research. The project’s results are available in a forthcoming volume and in this website, which is designed to allow for future updates as new texts with relevant date information are added when they become published in the future.

Follow these links for access to Shanati's Publications & Digital Tools and for an explanation of the problems and solutions Shanati engages.


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