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date: 30 January 2023

metrology, Mesopotamialocked

metrology, Mesopotamialocked

  • Grégory Chambon


The study of metrology in the Ancient Near East has, since the 19th century, approached ancient political and economical reality by quantifying and estimating, among other things, the dimensions of urban centres and the number of rations, or war booty, delivered to palaces. A new interdisciplinary practice, from the perspective of the social and cultural history of Mesopotamian metrology, has developed over the last few decades, taking into account the scribal background and weighing and measuring practices in daily life.


  • Science, Technology, and Medicine
  • Near East

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