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How did the ancient Sumerians develop measurements?

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I have my question regarding the origination of measurement. In daily life we come across with different types of measurements which include length, width, height, thickness, area, volume, perimeter, weight and so many such terms. For different items there are often different types of measurements. For this reason I would like to know that how did the ancient Sumerians develop measurements?

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  1. Harry

     The popularly known, Babylonian mathematics refers to any mathematics of the people of Mesopotamia, from the days of the early Sumerians to the fall of Babylon in 539 BC. Babylonian mathematical texts are plentiful and well edited. Thus Babylonian mathematics remained constant, in character and content, for a long time. In contrast to the scarcity of sources in Egyptian mathematics, our knowledge of Babylonian mathematics is derived from some 400 clay tablets unearthed since the 1850s. Written in Cuneiform script, tablets were inscribed while the clay was moist, and baked hard in an oven or by the heat of the sun. The majority of recovered clay tablets date from 1800 to 1600 BC, and cover topics which include fractions, algebra, quadratic and cubic equations and the Pythagorean theorem. The Babylonian tablet YBC 7289 gives an approximation to accurate to five decimal places. The ancient Sumerians of Mesopotamia developed a complex system of metrology from 3000 BC. From 2600 BC onwards, the Sumerians wrote multiplication tables on clay tablets and dealt with geometrical exercises and division problems. The earliest traces of the Babylonian numerals also date back to this period

  2. Guest10745529
    what is sumerians measurement?

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