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DATE. The designation or indication in an instrument of writing, of the time, and usually of the time and place, when and where it was made. When the place is mentioned in the date of a deed, the law intends, unless the contrary appears, that it was executed at the place of the date. Plowd. 7 b., 31 H. VI. This word is derived from the Latin datum, because when deeds and agreements were written in that language, immediately before the day, month and year in which they were made, was set down, it was usual to put the word datum, given.
     2. All writings ought to bear a date, and in some it is indispensable in order to make them valid, as in policies of insurance; but the date in these instruments is not inserted in the body of the writing because as each subscription makes a separate contract, each underwriter sets down the day, month and year he makes his subscription. Marsh. Ins. 336.
     3. Deeds, and other writings, when the date is an impossible one, take effect from the time of deliver; the presumption of law is, that the deed was dated on the day it bears date, unless, as just mentioned, the time is impossible; for example, the 32d day of January.
     4. The proper way of dating, is to put the day, month, and year of our Lord; the hour need not be mentioned, unless specially required; an instance of which may be taken from the Pennsylvania Act of the 16th June, 1836, sect. 40, which requires the sheriff, on receiving a writ of fieri facias, or other writ of execution, to endorse thereon the day of the month, the year, and the hour of the day whereon he received the same.
     5. In public documents, it is usual to give not only the day, the month, and the year of our Lord, but also the year of the United States, when issued by authority of the general government; or of the commonwealth, when issued under its authority. Vide, generally, Bac. Ab. Obligations, C; Com. Dig, Fait, B 3; Cruise, Dig. tit, 32, c. 20, s. 1-6; 1 Burr. 60; 2 Rol. Ab. 27, 1. 22; 13 Vin. Ab. 34; Dane's Ab. Index, h.t. See Almanac.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The Roman centurion was used because the traditional method of salt making used at the works, until its closure in 1986, dates back to Roman times.
The publication said that the failure which led to hundreds of flight cancellations and delays is believed to involve a bug in the original software that dates back more than 20 years.
The new discovery dates back to the late period of Ancient Egypt, from the seventh century BC to the fifth century BC - Hussein Talal/Egypt Today CAIRO -14 July 2018: The head of the Egyptian-German archaeological mission Badry Hussein announced in the press conference that a discovered mask probably belonged to a priest who was alive during the 26th dynasty, as it seems from the initial readings of the decrepit writings on the uncovered item.
by ONA Al Khashabah site dates back to the third millennium BC.
Head of Sweida Archeological Department Hussein Zain-Eddin told SANA that the department in cooperation with al-Adyat society has unearthed a unique statue of god Hadad in Aws village in Sal-khad area to the south of Sweida, adding that the statue dates back to Aramaic era "around the 7th century B.C".
The team at Polesworth know the abbey dates back to the 1300s, but have found items that appear to date back 200 years further, and while there are theories that the abbey was first founded in 827 (which, apparently, would make them "very old"), the latest findings could, says Father Philip, date back as far as the Roman occupation.
The 4ft by 3ft map dates back to 1850 and shows the coalfields of Durham, windmills, and communities which no longer exist.
For example, pin the tail on the donkey dates back to 1887, so there mustbe references to the game out there somewhere Bog-standard, 1983 It is believed this is a corruption of the phrase"box-standard" meaning unmodified, but while it is often associated with cars and bikes in the Sixties, its earliest known usage only dates back to the Eighties in relation to computers.
One of the most prominent artifacts exhibited in the Sotheby's auction is an ancient limestone statue called Nakht-ankh which dates back to 1800 -- 1700 BC, with an estimated price of $ 1- 1.5 million.
During its survey works in 2003, the Syrian-French Archeological Expedition unearthed an archeological site dating back to the Copper Stone Age (the Chalcolithic) which dates back to the 5th millennium BC.
The traditional method of logging dates back hundred of years and is still used in wooded areas where access by vehicles is not possible.
The examinations will reveal the owner of the tombstone and determine the exact time period to which it dates back. The famous Egyptian archaeologist, Zahi Hawass, previously announced that what Egypt has so far discovered represents about 30 percent of its total antiquities; the remaining 70 percent are still buried under the earth.