Measuring actions and systems vary in precision according to need and technology.
Until the modern period high precision is rare and difficult to repeat on a regular basis.
Therefore, a statement such as ‘the Egyptian cubit equals 52 centimetres’ raises questions such as:
All ancient, medieval and early modern measuring systems are likely to operate in practice at a level of precision and in a manner alien to those familiar to inhabitants of modern states.
Copyright © 2002 University College London. All rights reserved.