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Astronomy is often thought of as a field that has developed from ancient Greek scholars.
However, it has a longer history and initially played a vital role in the agricultural cycle and early religions. For us, these early innovations have led to major advancements in developing our calendar, system of time, understanding of astronomical movements and prediction, coordinate system, and mathematical developments.<ref>For a history of astronomical developments and mathematics in Mesopotamia see: Hodgkin, Luke Howard. 2013. ''A History of Mathematics: From Mesopotamia to Modernity''. Oxford: Oxford University Press.</ref>