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The ancient unit that attracted most attention!

Base data: length.
1 cubit = length from the bottom of the elbow to the tip of the middle finger

Taken from the length of a King’s elbow

The “cubit” is the unit that gained the most attention out of the hand-based length measurements introduced in the previous section. In the ancient Orient, the length of a king’s elbow was used and it was changed every time there was a new king. The seated figure of the Sumerian king, Gudea dating back to 2,170 BC, is the oldest public item that still exists today.