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Maths in Ancient Egypt

The ancient Egyptian units of measurement of length seem to have originally been anthropic, based on various parts of the human body, although these were standardized using cubit rods, strands of rope, and official measures maintained at some temples.


On Egyptian Day, Year 4 were challenged to find three objects that measure one cubit, or two objects that measure two palms. A cubit is the distance between the tip of the fingers to the elbow, and a cubit can be divided into four parts called palms. 


Did you know that the unit of measure still used today for paper dates back to the Egyptians?