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.

The collection consists of objects dating from prehistory to those used in present day Anatolia. These comprise the main types of scales and measuring instruments, used for measuring weight, length, and volume in every field, from land measurement to commerce, architecture to jewellery making, shipping to pharmacy.

The collection illustrates the relations between measuring systems of different periods and regions, illuminating various changes and continuities. The broad selection includes examples from all periods in chronological order, embracing an exciting and particular aspect of Anatolian history.

Date of Publication: 2003
Number of pages: 423
ISBN: 975-7078-17-4

7 Foreword

9 Preface

10 Abbreviations

12 Introduction

16 Anatolian Weights and Measures in the Pre-Classical Age

23 Greek and Roman Periods

32 Byzantine Period

49 Islamic Period

132 Assaying of Weights and Scales, Assay Taxes and Documents Inspection, Forgery, Penalties

152 Laws and Regulations Concerning the Adoption of the Metric System in the Ottoman Period 

199 Catalogue

333 Glossary of Local and Foreign Terminology Relating to Weights and Measures used in the Ottoman Empire

399 Bibliography

404 Index

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. 

Anatolian Weights and Measures