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Topic: [HM] Early graphs of data
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J.G.Fauvel (John Fauvel)

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Re: [HM] Early graphs of data
Posted: Jul 17, 2000 2:36 PM
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To add to Beatrice's references on the Palermo Stone, Michael St John has
written a 60 page pamphlet on the subject called 'The Palermo Stone - an
arithmetical view', published by The Museum Bookshop Ltd, 36 Great Russell
Street WC1B 3PP. (ISBN 0 9536865 0 7)

John Fauvel

> ------------------------------
> Date: Thu, 13 Jul 2000 14:08:39 EDT
> From: Beatrice Lumpkin <>
> Subject:

. . . For example, the Palermo stone, named for the museum where
> it is displayed, is one of the earliest (or earliest) historical and
> statistical record extant. It lists the reigns of kings from c -3100
> predynastic to c -2300, 5th dynasty. The record is in tabular form,
> ruled into rows and columns. The columns are arranged in chronological
> order, itself a concept not to be taken for granted at this early date.
> The top row gives the king's name, the middle row events of that year
> and enumeration of wealth including a biennial count of cattle. The
> bottom row gives the height of the Nile flood. If the ancients were
> looking for a pattern in the annual floods, none has been found to
> date.

> On Palermo Stone, see
> Sir Alan Gardiner, EGYPT OF THE PHARAOHS, Oxford U. Press, 1963, 62-4.
> Beatrice Lumpkin

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