The sun dial worked during daylight, but how did people agree on what time it was at night before clocks were invented?

  • terwn43lp
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    123 months ago

    some towns hired people to wake the town for work, and someone else would be hired to wake them up. some societies studied the stars and moon to tell the time at night. and like others stated, there were candles, lanterns, and furnaces to tell how much time has passed. people were more in tune with their environment

    • Chozo
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      53 months ago

      How did the wakeyuppymen know what time to start wakeyuppying, tho?

      • @z00s
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        3 months ago

        He gets woken up by the wakeyuppy-wakeyupperer, who in turn is woken up by the wakeyupper-wakeyupper-wakeyupperer.

        Basically, at least one person had to be awake at any given moment or society would collapse. It happened once and they didn’t recover for hundreds of years, that’s why they called it “The Dark Ages”.

      • Spiracle
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        23 months ago

        Cities which had someone blow a horn to wake everyone up would also have watchmen walking the city at night. Presumably, they would wake the next person up when their shift ended so that someone is awake at all times.