Qualifications For Being An Expert In Chronology

Chronology can be defined as “the study of time” or as “the order of events”. To my knowledge there are no experts in chronology. This article serves as a starting point for pinning down exactly what qualifications a person would need to have to be considered an expert in chronology.

Chronology is often considered a science, but just as I’m unaware of any experts in chronology, I’m unaware of any BS, MS, or DS degrees. Even if it would be BA, MA, and PhD, I’m not aware of any degree awarded for chronology. Therefore, I think this article might serve useful in also establishing what information needs to be learned in order to obtain a degree in chronology.

This list can also be useful for establishing the qualifications for being considered an expert in a specific area of history. Each of the qualifications would be limited to a specific area such as Roman chronology or Egyptian chronology, as opposed to the larger scope of world chronology which constitutes the general expert. The general expert in chronology is familiar with at least the basics of at least the main world chronologies.

This article is just a starting point and all of these qualifications are ones that I’ve chosen based on what I think would constitute an “expert in chronology”. I’m open to hearing suggestions about what to add or remove so if you have any opinions on that just comment on this article or reach me through the contact page.

The concise list of qualifications:
1 – Calendars
2 – Timekeeping Devices
3 – Literary Sources
4 – Dating Methods

Calendars

An expert in chronology is familiar with at least the fundamentals of at least the major calendars from past to present.

Timekeeping Devices

An expert in chronology is familiar with the various known timekeeping devices from past to present.

Literary Sources

An expert in chronology is familiar with the basic literary sources upon which history is largely based.

Dating Methods

An expert in chronology is familiar with the basic dating methods used for obtaining historical dates.

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