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Confusing date representation

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Confusing date representation

Posted: 27 May 2011 1:13PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Pierce
Hi All,
I just found a certificate proclaiming my G-Grandfather a master mason from Quincy, Ma.
The date is listed as;
This seventeenth day of December A.L. 5897

The A.L.58 is printed part of the document where the 97 are written in ink. Does this mean 1897?
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davidpierce89... 27 May 2011 7:13PM GMT 
pastor_tim 28 May 2011 2:03AM GMT 
davidpierce89... 28 May 2011 7:08PM GMT 
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