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Anatolian Weights and Measures

Anatolian Weights and Measures Collection is one of the three main collection fields of Suna and Inan Kıraç Foundation. The collection includes all the foremost weights and measurement instruments used in Anatolia for nearly four thousand years since the second millennium BC, and is regarded as one on the leading collections of the field. Among the objects of the collection are weighing and measuring tools used in a variety of fields ranging from land measurement to commerce, and by various professionals including architects, moneychangers, mariners and pharmacists. The collection is a scientific resource that illustrates the systematic relations between periods and cultures, as well as transformations and continuities.

A broad selection from the collection is exhibited in chronological order, shedding light on this exciting aspect of the history of science and culture in Anatolia and offering a fresh look at the long history of commercial practices based on weights and measures used.

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Exhibition Catalogue

Anatolian Weights and Measures

Anatolian Weights and Measures

The Anatolian weights and measures collection is comprised of over ten thousand pieces and is now one of the most remarkable collections of its kind in Turkey.

"And The Stone Fell by Reason of Its Great Weight" <br> Trade and Weight Measurement System in Kültepe <br> Prof. Dr. Fikri Kulakoğlu

"And The Stone Fell by Reason of Its Great Weight"
Trade and Weight Measurement System in Kültepe
Prof. Dr. Fikri Kulakoğlu

The speech will explore how developed the trade system in Kültepe-Kanesh was and the importance of standardization in international trade from antiquity onwards.

"And The Stone Fell by Reason of Its Great Weight" <br> Measures and Measurement in the Hittites <br> Prof. Dr. İlknur Taş

"And The Stone Fell by Reason of Its Great Weight"
Measures and Measurement in the Hittites
Prof. Dr. İlknur Taş

In the second speech of the series, Prof. İlknur Taş will explain, to the extent allowed by the modern concepts we use to perceive our world, the measures and measurements used by the Hittite State and the mathematical concepts that ultimately emerged.

“And the Stone Fell by Reason of Its Weight” <br> Roman Merchants and Bankers in Anatolia <br> Yavuz Selim Güler

“And the Stone Fell by Reason of Its Weight”
Roman Merchants and Bankers in Anatolia
Yavuz Selim Güler

The third talk of the series will explore Roman merchants and bankers’ commercial and financial activities, organizations, and relations with local communities in the province of Asia during the Late Republic and Roman Empire, in light of historical, epigraphical and archeological sources.

“And the Stone Fell by Reason of Its Weight” <br> State, Arts and Weighing Instruments in Byzantium<br>Brigitte Pitarakis

“And the Stone Fell by Reason of Its Weight”
State, Arts and Weighing Instruments in Byzantium
Brigitte Pitarakis

Based on the relationship between money and weight measures in Byzantium, this talk aims to examine the weighing devices produced in the 4th-7th century from the perspective of imperial ideology and the state control mechanism, in order to place them within the context of their use.  

“And the Stone Fell by Reason of Its Great Weight” <br>A Chat in Ancient Marketplaces<br> Prof. Dr. Oğuz Tekin

“And the Stone Fell by Reason of Its Great Weight”
A Chat in Ancient Marketplaces
Prof. Dr. Oğuz Tekin

The discussions focus on the marketplaces in the city-states of Anatolia, which were the prominent locations of trade or daily shopping during the Classical, Hellenistic and the Roman Imperial period, and offer a closer look at the goods, scales, weights and coins used in these marketplaces.

Video

The adventure of the Big ‘K’

The adventure of the Big ‘K’

In a bid to review the International System of Units (SI), the International Bureau of Weights and Measures gathered at the 26th General Conference on Weights and Measures on November 16, 2018. Sixty member states have voted for changing four out of seven basic units of measurement. The kilogram is among the modified. Before describing the key points, let us have a closer look into the kilogram and its history.

It’s better to burn out than to fade away

It’s better to burn out than to fade away

In 1962 Philip Corner, one of the most prominent members of the Fluxus movement, caused a great commotion in serious music circles when during a performance entitled Piano Activities he climbed up onto a grand piano and began to kick it while other members of the group attacked it with saws, hammers and all kinds of other implements.

Midnight Horror Stories: <br> Witches’ Sun <br> Mehmet Berk Yaltırık

Midnight Horror Stories:
Witches’ Sun
Mehmet Berk Yaltırık

I walk over rocks hot as iron under the September sun. I can make out a few lines in the distance, and a few cracked rocks, but apart from those, not a single tree, not one plant