Nilometers: Ancient Egypt’s Ingenious Invention Used Until Modern Times

March 21, 2020 - General
The inside of measuring shaft of the Roda nilometer. (Baldiri / CC BY-SA 3.0)

For thousands of years, nilometers measured the water level of the Nile River during the annual flood season. This, in turn, was used to predict the fortunes of the annual harvest, the taxes to be imposed (which determined the revenues of the state), as well as the prices of foodstuffs. 

Source: origins

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