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; familiarity with:
1 – Calendariography (Measurements of Time)
2 – Chronography (Dating methods)
3 – Literary Sources
4 – Archeology
5 – Mimesology & Illusology

1 – Calendariography

Calendariography deals with establishing time-units.

2 – Chronography

Chronography deals with determining the amount of time that has elapsed between events.

3 – Literary Sources

Literature can be used to communicate historical information. Familiarity with the fundamental sources used in world history is useful when studying and modeling chronologies.

4 – Archeology

Archeology deals with material remains (pottery, tools, buildings, human remains, etc…).

5 – Mimesology & Illusology

These are two terms I use to refer to the way creations can appear to be something they are not. On one hand, the deception can occur from the creation mimicking another to the degree that they appear to a person to be the same. On the other, the deception can occur not because of mimicry, but through cognitive illusion.

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