Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Medieval Word Wednesday - Acre

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Acre - "The amount of land which one team can plough in a day. 120 [acres] was the average to maintain one family but this varied depending on the land." (From: http://thescriptorium.co.uk/glossary.php)

Today we measure an acre as "a common variable unit of land measure, now equal in the U.S. and Great Britain to 43,560 square feet or 1  / 640  square mile (4047 square meters)." (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/acre)

I wonder how many acres would sustain a single family today. 
What do you think?

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