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# How did Egyptians use the cubit?

## Answer

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###### July 08, 2017 8:32AM

To measure anything - one use was to record the annual Nile flood levels.

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### Why can't we use cubit as a standard unit of length?

We could, but first we'd need to determine how long a cubit is,
then we'd have to invent sub-cubits for smaller measurements, and
super-cubits for longer distances etc.
A lot of work for very little practical benefit.
We can use Cubit as a standard unit. A Cubit is 45 cm. The
Ancients used the cubit for thousands of years, much longer than
the use of metrics. Sub units of cubit is hands and super units of
cubits are fathom 180 cm and miles 4 thousand cubits.

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### Why do different countries use different ways to measure?

Different histories in different countries result in different
ways to measure things. However, most countries use convenient
measures like fingers, hands and feet. Most countries went through
this phase. The French introduced the meter which was an earth
based measure. The Egyptians were the best in that they introduced
an earth time man based measure, the cubit. The cubit is related to
the fingers, the hand , the feet , the mile (4000 cubits) and the
speed of the earth rotation, 1000 cubits/second. The cubit is 1.5
feet or 45 cm. the royal cubit is 52.5 cm or .525m. The Egyptians
also had convenient volume measures based on the foot; bushel (=
cubic foot), gallon, pint, shot (jigger).