A Bronze-age slab first uncovered in 1900 in western France is the oldest map in Europe, in line with a examine launched this week.
The 4,000-year-old object, generally known as the Saint-Belec slab, is engraved with markings that characterize a part of the Black Mountains area of western France, stated Yvan Pailler, an archaeologist and one of many authors of the examine revealed within the Bulletin of the French Prehistoric Society.
“As we speak, it’s the oldest map of a
“You possibly can see on the slab carvings which, at first sight, will not be comprehensible.
“It’s essential to actually take your time to begin to comprehend the best way the motifs are organised and structured and the best way they’re interlinked by means of strains.”
Archaeologist Paul du Chatellier found the slab at an historical burial floor in Finistere in 1900, and it was saved for many years at certainly one of his properties.
Researchers solely started to review the rock — which measures 2.2 metres by 1.5 metres and weighs a ton — in 2017.
The repeated motifs joined by strains represented a territory 30 kilometres lengthy and 21 kilometres huge and should signify the possession of the land by a prince or a king, the researchers stated.
“If we may decipher what these symbols imply, we’d know what the map represents,” Paillier stated, including that the slab raises many questions.
“Can we nonetheless speak about societies the place writing did not exist and of pre or protohistory when you may produce a map with a caption?”
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