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How did people tell time before the invention of mechanical clocks?


The easy answer is 'sundials' - but I think they were used mainly by institutions and the wealthy. I took a trip back 2000 years in my mind to come up with my answer and then I wrote a brand new hub about it. I would like to see if anybody comes up with the same idea I had.

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    Bill Russo (Billrrrr) 4 years ago

    Wow. What a fascinating glimpse into history. Great comment. Never heard of the 'knockers up'. Kind of an early wake up service. I could have used this during my school days.


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    Bill Russo (Billrrrr) 4 years ago

    Great and creative answer. You came up with several ideas that I did not think of. I never heard of the burning rope idea. One of my ideas involved tides, but tides only work if you live right on the shore and the tidal times change.