暑假必读的新概念美文: 最早的日历

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Historians have long been puzzled by dots, lines and symbols which have been engraved on walls, bones, and the ivory tusk of

mammoths. The nomads who made these markings lived by hunting and fishing during the last Ice Age, which began about

35,000 B.C. and ended about 10,000 B.C. By correlating markings made in various parts of the world, historians have been able

to read this difficult code. They have found that it is connected with the passage of days and the phases of the moon. It is, in fact,

a primitive type of calendar. It has long been known that the hunting scenes depicted on walls were not simply a form of artistic

expression. They had a definite meaning, for they were as near as early man could get to writing. It is possible that there is a

definite relation between these paintings and the markings that sometimes accompany them. It seems that man was making a real

effort to understand the seasons 20,000 years earlier than has been supposed.

●calendar n. 历法,日历

●historian n. 历史学家

●unique adj. 无与伦比的

●steadily adv. 不断地

●solely adv. 唯一地

●video n. 录像

●CD-ROM n. (只读)光盘驱动器

●bewilder v. 令人眼花缭乱

●deduce v. 推断,推理

●scanty adj. 不足的,贫乏的

●clue n. 线索

●insignificant adj. 不重要的

●shed v. 使流出,泻

●advent n. 出现,到来,来临

●agriculture n. 农业

●assumption n. 假定,设想

●dot n. 小圆点

●symbol n. 符号

●engrave v. 雕刻

●ivory n. 象牙制品

●mammoth n. (古)长毛象

●phase n. 月相,天相

●tusk n. 獠牙,长牙、象牙

●primitive adj. 原始的

●nomad n. 游牧民

●depict v. 描画,描绘

●correlate v. 使相互联系

■calendar n. 历法,日历

calender 轮压机

■historian n. 历史学家

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