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How medieval monks measured time

The discovery of a sundial at Inchcolm Abbey in Scotland has shed light (pun intended) on how the Augustinian order who lived there told time.

Until now mystery has surrounded the method used by the order to tell time. While well-known in England, the British Sundial Society said there were relatively few dials in Scotland.

Historians believe the Augustinian canons lived according to a strict routine, which made it essential everyone in the community did the right thing at the right time.

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