Fellow researcher Jim Hunter Miller contacted me a couple of months ago and shared with me his unpublished paper in which the cubit of 20.736 inches plays an important role.

I’m not yet at liberty to reveal which fascinating connections Jim has discovered but I look forward to discussing the specifics after he’s published.

One thing I can say is that Miller pointed out that Isaac Newton determined in his Dissertation on Cubits that the Egyptian Royal Cubit is 20.736 inches, after his analysis of the Great Pyramid.

John Neal called the cubit of 20.736 inches (which equals 1.728 English feet) the canonical Egyptian cubit in his seminal book on ancient metrology, All Done With Mirrors.

A couple of years ago I made the connection that (6/5) x (6/5) x (6/5) = 1.728. I presented this as the cubit that measures Jerusalem in Secrets in Plain Sight Volume 1 as (6/5)^3 = 1.728 feet, drawing on the work of Richard Heath’s book Sacred Number and the Origins of Civilization.

If you think about it, this metrology truly puts the cube in cubit as each edge of this cube measures 6/5 or 1.2 English feet. I’ve gone extensively into the fundamental significance of the 6/5 ratio in The Snowflake and the Flower.

Walter Bruegger pointed out that a cube of 1 ohm resistors has a conductance of 6/5 siemens, an interesting coincidence.


Here is a geometric angle on the 6:5 relationship:


About a month ago I made a breakthrough when pondering the importance of 6/5 and cubits based on this ratio. I had identified (6/5)^4 as the hypercubit that measures the Earth in Secrets in Plain Sight Volume 1 but I didn’t fully comprehend its significance until now. The following graphic explains my new understanding:

analysis of cubit measures

If you raise (6/5) to the fourth power you get 2.0736 feet which is an interesting play on the 20.736 inches of the canonical Egyptian cubit.

I was blown away when I multiplied the hypercubit by 12 to find the number of inches in 2.0736 feet which is 24.8832 inches. I immediately recognized this as the a play on the number of miles in the Earth’s meridian circumference which is 24,883.2 miles(99.9% modern value).

24,883.2 miles is the “geodetic basis of ancient measures” as identified by John Michell and Robin Heath in The Lost Science of Measuring the Earth. In fact on page 12, this book shows how many families of ancient measures are related to 24,883.2 miles by whole number multipliers. For example, 108 million times the Roman Remen of 1.216512 feet equals 24,883.2 miles, and 86.4 million times the Greek Cubit of 1.52064 feet equals 24,883.2 miles, and so on.

The ratio of 6/5 raised to the fourth power encodes the meridian circumference of the Earth! I’m astounded thinking about this. This ties together and validates the Imperial system of inches, feet, and miles.

While I was in Austria a week ago I had another breakthrough. I realized that if you raise (6/5) to the fifth power you get 2.48832 feet or 29.85984 inches and the latitude of Memphis Egypt is 29.85984°N.

Memphis marks the boundary between upper and lower Egypt. Memphis was once the capital of Egypt and was “by far the largest settlement worldwide from the time of its foundation until around 2250 BCE and [again] from 1557 to 1400 BCE. –Source

Sadly, there is almost nothing left of Memphis Egypt. But maybe now we know why Memphis was located where it was, and have a greater appreciation for these ancient thinkers and builders who seemed to understand things in a far more elegant and holistic way than we do today.

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9 thoughts on “Cubits

  1. Hi Scott

    I first became aware of your work through the excellent interview you did with The Fetch on Oracle last week. It got me thinking of something I came across a while ago but never followed up. Are you familiar with the work of Ernest Moyer?

    He argues that all genuine units of measurement through history have a geodetic basis. Linear measures were originally based on the definition of the number of units in the radius of the earth, whilst circular measures were originally based on the definition of the number of units in the circumference of the earth. Translating the linear measure of radial length into the circular measure of surface length by means of the formula 2 Pi R and then dividing this by the number of arc seconds (1,296,000) has given us the basis of our unit of measurement.

    Moyer concludes that the length in defined earth units of the Egyptian Royal Cubit was chosen to be numerically the same as the number of arc seconds in the earth radius at a nominal ratio of 1.7/1.0.

    The subject is a bit difficult for me as I don’t have enough technical expertise to judge how valid his claims are, but my gut tells me that he has made a pretty strong case. Which is why I would be very grateful if you could look into it to see whether it harmonises with your work 😉

    I am guessing that along the way important lessons have been lost, in part because the geodetic basis of these units of measurement has been forgotten as people preferred to believe fairy tales that they were based on the lengths of some Pharaoh or other’s body parts. Also, I think it is possible that additional degrees of confusion have been introduced both by people inadvertently mixing up the sexagesimal and the decimal systems over time, and by the use of different values for units such as the cubit, the foot, and the inch, both within the same culture, and cross-culturally, either due to human error or for other reasons.

    Would be very glad to know your thoughts.

  2. brilliant article.

    Now get this :
    if we take a circle with its diameter = 1 unit, the perimeter is Pi. If we take 1/6 of that perimeter we get the royal cubit in meter.

    Pi / 6 = 0.52359 = royal egyptian cubit in meter

    Pi – (Phi * Phi) = 0.52359 = royal egyptian cubit in meter

    the meter is sacred and was also known in ancient times.

  3. Reading this got me thinking a little bit further. If you raise 1.2 into the 6th power you get the result 2,985984 which is almost the speed of light. 99,6% to be precise. Cheers

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