Were there maps at the ancient times?
- xyzzyLv 73 months ago
Yes. A map-like representation of a mountain, river, valleys and routes around Pavlov in the Czech Republic, carved on a mammoth tusk, has been dated to 25,000 BC,making it possibly the oldest known map of all time. Maps in Ancient Babylonia were made by using accurate surveying techniques.
For example, a 7.6 × 6.8 cm clay tablet found in 1930 at Ga-Sur, near contemporary Kirkuk, shows a map of a river valley between two hills. Cuneiform inscriptions label the features on the map, including a plot of land described as 354 iku (12 hectares) that was owned by a person called Azala. Most scholars date the tablet to the 25th to 24th century BC;
- sirbobby98121Lv 73 months ago
Yes. The Chinese had them ... and oriented so that South was at the top.
- bluebellbkkLv 73 months ago
Yes. Of course. Initially they were inexact but as time passed people travelled more, they learned more, and map-making gradually improved.
Remember that a simple drawing with a stick in the dust showing a triangle and a wiggly line could be a map of a river flowing from a mountain.
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- Michal SychraLv 73 months ago
The first map was probably created by Anaximander and it's reconstruction is below.
- PAMELALv 73 months ago
As countries were discovered, mostly sea, maps were made.
- Anonymous3 months ago
Yes there were. Usually hopelessly inaccurate, but maps nevertheless.
- wobafettyLv 63 months ago
Yes there were.