Europe’s oldest known three-dimensional map emerged

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Europe's oldest known three-dimensional map emerged


Scientists have discovered that a stone slab from the Bronze Age is the oldest known three-dimensional map of Europe.

Scientists have discovered that a stone slab from the Bronze Age is the oldest known three-dimensional map of Europe.

The motifs on the 4 thousand year old stone plate, Francethought to depict an area in the Bretonian region.

The panel, unearthed during excavations in 1900, was hidden in the moat of a castle in France for more than a century.

The 2-meter-long and 1.5-meter-thick plate was found in the castle’s cellar in 2014.

Known as the Saint-Bélec panel, the slab dates from 1900 to 1650 BC, according to researchers.

Archaeologist Paul du Chatellier unearthed the panel during excavations in a prehistoric cemetery in Finistère, in the region of Bretonia in northern France. The plate stood at the Chateau de Kernuz, the castle where the archaeologist lived.

Researchers found the disappeared panel in the castle’s cellar in 2014.

When examining the carvings and markings on the stone, the researchers suspect that it could be a map, believing that the “repeated motifs and lines attached to them” depicted a region in Finistère.

Speaking to the BBC, Dr. “Although there are similar maps carved on stones all over the world, they are mostly interpretational. It is the first time that a map depicts a region so clearly,” said Clément Nicolas.

Dr. “We underestimate the geographic knowledge of ancient societies. This plate is important because it shows mapping information,” Nicolas added.

BBC


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