The babylonian world map also known as imago mundi is usually dated to the 6th 7th century bc and is the one of the oldest known world maps if not the oldest and certainly the most famous. It consists of the map itself about 44 cm 17 in in diameter and an extension containing a calendar and two tables.
Albertin de virga a venetian is also known for a 1409 map of the mediterranean also made in venice.
Oldest known map of the world. Drawn around 1160 b c. The oldest known world map is the babylonian map of the world known as the imago mundi. The mammoth tusk map from the village of pavlov in the czech republic is believed to be the oldest known map in the world.
The de virga world map was made by albertinus de virga between 1411 and 1415. The world s oldest medieval map by chris griffiths thomas buttery 25 march 2019 created around 1300 it is the largest surviving map from the middle ages and offers a glimpse into the mindset of. The world map is circular drawn on a piece of parchment 69 6 cm 44 cm 27 4 in 17 3 in.
It dates back to. This cuneiform ancient map of the babylonian world is an archaeological treasure equal to the rosetta stone and the code of hammurabi. The babylonian map of the world or the imago mundi is the oldest known world map ever discovered.
This map was formed out of a clay tablet and was found north of the ancient city of babylon on the fertile east bank of the euphrates river. By the well known scribe amennakhte on papyrus and discovered in thebes egypt the turin papyrus map is said to be the oldest surviving topographical map. However these may belong to a different species homo luzonensis.
The map dates to sometime in the 6 th century bce and was created by the babylonians and shows how they viewed both the physical and spiritual world at the time. 67 kya the oldest known modern human fossil from the asia pacific region. This map dates back to the 5 th century bce.
It probably originates from sippar southern iraq. It was brought to europe by napolean s consul to egypt bernadino drovetti and now sits in the turin museum in italy. It is currently on display at the british museum in london.
More commonly known as the babylonian map of the world the imago mundi is considered the oldest surviving world map. While archaeologists aren t completely sure the markings on the tusk may have depicted the landscape of pavlov at the time. However while the babylonian clay tablet map described here has been the generally accepted earliest known map another contender might be the cartographic artifact found in 1963 by james mellaart in ankara turkey during an excavation of catalhoyuk in anatolia.
This map found in southern iraq in a city called sippar shows a small bit of the known world as the babylonians knew it centuries ago. Mijares and piper 2010 found bones in a cave near peñablanca cagayan dated ca. Skeleton of 8 to 10 year old child discovered in 1994.