The various ways people have told time troughout the ages

Timeline created by Daphou1
In History
  • 3,000 BCE

    Obelisk

    Obelisk
    In 3000 BCE, early Egyptians told time by the shadow cast by the sun on an unmoving object.
  • -300 BCE

    Sundial

    Sundial
    By 300 BCE, people in Babylonia had started using a sundial, a flat circle on winch a 12-hour clock face had been written. They also attached a gnomon, a vertical marker, to the middle of the dial. The gnomon cast a shadow on the dial as the sunnas position changed throughout the daylight hours.
  • -300 BCE

    Water clock (Clepsydra)

    Water clock (Clepsydra)
    The early Greeks and Egyptians designed a water clock that used the flow of water to measure time
  • 1001

    Hourglass

    Hourglass
    The hourglasse, wich was in use in Europe by the 11th century, could be used at any time and was one of the first timekeepers, tools designed to tell time that were not dependent on the sun.
  • 1300

    Mechanical clocks

    Mechanical clocks
    Thèse clocks used physics principles of weights and balances to mark out incréments of time over a 12-hour period.
  • Pendulum

    Pendulum
    European scientists andinventors had discovered that adding a pendulum, a rôd-likè weight that swings from side to side and controls a clock mechanism, greatly increased a clock's accuracy and preciseness and allowed it to record minutes and seconds as well as hours.
  • Period:
    1400
    to

    Watches

    The first matches, timepieces that people could easily wear or carry, appeared in Italy in the early 1400s and measured time through a system of coiled springs. Watches are used today throughout the world.