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Lyon: The Gallic Calendar of Coligny


Gallery VIII of the Musée de la Civilisation Gallo-Romaine  in Lyon contains the Gallic Calendar of Coligny. This unique inscription, engraved on a bronze plaque, shows five years of a lunar calendar during the late 1st to 2nd century AD.

Written in a Celtic language not yet fully translated, the calendar shows months of 29-30 days, with an intercalary day every 30 months. The word Atenoux, found at the middle of each month and seen at the top of this section of the calendar, probably indicates the full moon.

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[Fig.1: Detail of the Gallic Calendar of Coligny (Musée de la civilisation Gallo-Romain.)]


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