an ancient carved stone slab that is actually a map

The Saint-Bélec Slab was discovered in 1900 in the area of Finistère in western Brittany in France. The massive slab is about 5 feet by 6 and a half feet and is marked with lines and circles. Its discoverer Paul du Chatellier didn’t know how to interpret the strange markings on the stone, which he assumed were primitive, maybe representing animals. So he put the slab away, in his castle where it rested in a niche under his moat, and it wasn’t unearthed again until 2014. And now archeologists believe they know what the massive stone was: the oldest known map in Europe.

In a paper published with Bulletin of the French Prehistoric Society, the authors point to the repeated motifs and features of the slab that they believe “represent the surrounding landscape and a series of contemporary structures now known from archaeological evidence.” The line and other features of the slab line up with 80% accuracy and match up with the river Odet valley, which just happens to be near where the stone was found.

The Saint-Bélec Slab dates to the early bronze age, between roughly 1900 BCE and 1650 BCE, placing it in the Bronze age …read more

Source:: The Mary – Science-and-Tech


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