Is this the oldest map in Europe? A giant stone slab carved 4,000 years ago depicts the Bronze Age region of France
- The forgotten stone slab for a century is considered the oldest map of Europe
- The history of the slate can be traced back to the Bronze Age about 4000 years ago
- It was first discovered in France in 1900 and then sat in the castle cellar until 2017
- Experts recently analyzed the plate, which shows the etching of West Brittany
- There is a 3D shape representing the valley of the River Odet in France
A new analysis has rediscovered a Bronze Age slab unearthed in France in 1900, which is considered to be the oldest map of Europe.
A group of French scientists determined that these marks were etched 4000 years ago and depict the region of West Brittany in France.
This section is called Saint-BélecSlab and includes elements that the team said they wanted to include in the prehistoric map-including “repetitive patterns, connected by lines to give the layout of the map.”
The engraved surface indicates that the topography of the slab is deliberately 3D, representing the valley of the River Odet, while several lines appear to depict the river network.
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In a new analysis, a Bronze Age slab unearthed in France in 1900 was rediscovered. This plate is considered to be the oldest known map of Europe.
The research team wrote in the announcement: “A map is a’graphic or plan view of the earth’s surface or part of its surface.
“Saint-BélecSlab does include the three elements that are most likely to prove in the representation of prehistoric cartography: uniform composition and technique, and engraving with the same style and pattern repeating.”
The tablet has been forgotten because it has been moved all over France.
In the early Bronze Age, it was first reused in tomb structures.
A group of French scientists determined that the markings were etched 4000 years ago and depicted an area in West Brittany, France
Through high-resolution 3D measurements and flat-panel photogrammetry, the team was able to confirm whether the engraving matched 80% of the area surrounding the 18-mile-long Odette River.
The slab forms one of the walls of a stone coffin containing many corpses, with carvings facing the inside of the tomb.
When it was first unearthed in 1900, experts moved it to the National Museum of Antiquities in 1924 and then to the caste in France until it was discovered in 2014.
However, it was not until 2017 that researchers at the French National Institute of Preventive Archaeology (Inrap), Bournemouth University and the University of West Brittany turned their attention to the carved slab.
Through high-resolution 3D measurements and flat-panel photogrammetry, the research team was able to confirm whether the engraving matched 80% of the area surrounding the 18-mile-long Odette River.
This section is called Saint-BélecSlab and includes elements that the team said they wanted to include in the prehistoric map-including “repetitive patterns and connected by lines to give the layout of the map.”
When it was first unearthed in 1900, experts moved it to the National Antiquities Museum in 1924 and then to a caste in France until it was discovered in 2014. But it wasn’t until 2017 that researchers discovered its true meaning.
One of the authors of the study, Dr. Clément Nicolas (Clément Nicolas) of Bournemouth University, told the BBC: “This may be the oldest map of an established territory.”
There are several such maps all over the world carved in stone. Usually, they are just explanations. But this is the first time that the map has drawn an area at a certain scale. “
This rock is 5 feet by 6 feet long. It is said that this area is a territories of hierarchical political entities. A territory was strictly controlled at the beginning of the Bronze Age. The destruction of it may indicate condemnation and dedication.