METROLOGICAL TABLE FOR LENGTH MEASURES SYSTEM LN

MS 3869/11
MS Short Title METROLOGICAL TABLE FOR LENGTH MEASURES SYSTEM LN
Text METROLOGICAL TABLE FOR LENGTH MEASURES SYSTEM LN, BASIC UNIT NINDA, FROM '1 FINGER (17 MM) TO 5 NINDA (CA. 30 M)
Description MS in Sumerian on clay, probably Larsa, Babylonia, 2000-1600 BC, 1 tablet, 9,0x4,9x2,8 cm, single column, 19+16 lines in cuneiform script.
Commentary The Sumerian and Old Babylonian length system based on ninda had been in use since the end of 4th millennium BC. The smallest unit was shusi (finger, ca. 17 mm), there were 30 shusi to 1 kush (cubit ca. 0,5 m), 12 shusi to 1 ninda (ca. 6 m), 60 ninda to 1 ush (ca. 360 m) and 30 ush to 1 danna (ca. 10,8 km).
Published Jöran Friberg: A remarkable Collection of Babylonian Mathematical Texts. Springer 2007. Sources and Studies in the History of Mathematics and Physical Sciences. Manuscripts in the Schøyen Collection, vol. 6, Cuneiform Texts I. pp. 118-120.
Place of origin Babylonia
Dates 2000-1600 BC

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