The two most famous such attempts (incorporating a literal week as Creation week) were made by John Lightfoot and James Ussher in the 17th century.
Their work is known as the Ussher-Lightfoot Calendar.
On the other hand, Wise (2002) contends that, since ym is translated to mean a literal 24-hour day nearly every time it occurs in the Bible, that it must have this meaning in the Genesis creation account.
Boyd begins by pointing out that there are three possible ways to read the Biblical Creation account: 1) an "extended poetic metaphor, which communicates truth but in the plain sense of its words does not correspond to reality"; 2) a "narrative, which purports to be the truth when it is in fact in error"; 3) a "narrative, which accurately portrays reality" (Boyd 2005).
Boyd sets out to use verb distribution as the means by which one can determine the genre of the Creation account.
For instance, the Septuagint (the pre-Christian Greek translation of the Old Testament) provides considerably longer ages, adding another 1500 years to the Creation date.
Ussher avoided this problem by relying on the Hebrew Bible (the Masoretic).