At best, historians know that 5000 - 6000 years ago, great civilisations in the Middle East and North Africa started to examine forms of clock-making instead of working with only the monthly and annual calendar. Little is known on exactly how these forms worked or indeed the actual deconstruction of the time, but it has been suggested that the intention was to maximise time available to achieve more as the size of the population grew. Perhaps such future periods of time were intented to benefit the community by allotting specific lengths of time to tasks. Was this the beginning of the working week?
'For the next inn he spurs a main,'In hasts alights and scuds away - But time and tide for no man stay'
Somerville, The Sweet-scented Miser
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National Institute of Standards and Technology for the information