Children’s Museum Houston

Classroom Curriculum

Egyptian Measuring

Compare the ancient Egyptian system of measurement with the customary and metric systems used today.

Standardization makes measuring systems work. The Egyptian system was based on body lengths. People using it were able to standardize the units by using only one person’s body, the pharaoh. Eventually the pharaoh’s cubit became standardized to a particular length so when a pharaoh died the measurement system remained intact.