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date: 20 June 2019

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This article explores some interactions between numeracy, metrology, material culture, and scribal activity within the social and cultural context of Mesopotamia. It analyzes the metrology in the city of Ebla in the third millennium bc in order to out the local complexity of the relationship between practical uses of metrology and written metrological systems. It highlights the complexity of the relationship between material culture, which guides the development of metrological systems that respond to specific needs, and scribal practices capable of borrowing conventional notations from other regions while adapting them to local systems of measurement.

Keywords: numeracy, metrology, material culture, scribal activity, Mesopotamia, Elba, scribal practices

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