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Date & Time

Thursday, December 7, 2017
12:15 PM

Location

Oriental Institute Museum

Admission

Free

Contact

Oriental Institute - Public Education Office
773-702-9507

Description

Stone ducks, from as small as a fingernail to as large as a basketball, were commonly used as weights in ancient Mesopotamia. John Wee, assistant professor of Assyriology, invites you to explore the relationships between such physical objects and abstract notions of weight and dimension in cuneiform metrology and mathematics, as well as to consider how weights were used in practice and why the duck became their symbol.

Explore the ancient world with a 45-minute gallery talk in the Oriental Institute Museum. Travel to a time and place beyond the University to learn about archaeological discoveries, unlock the secrets of civilization, and gain a greater appreciation of our ancestors.

Registration is not required.