According to a study released this week, the first Bronze-Age slab in western France in 1900 is the oldest map in Europe.
The 4,000-year-old object, known as the Saint-Belec slab, is engraved with markings that are part of the Black Mountains region of western France, an archaeologist by one of the authors of the study published in Pilar and Bulletin . Of the French Prehistoric Society.
“Today, it is the oldest map of a region in Europe,” he said.
“You can see on the carving of the slab, which at first sight is incomprehensible.
“You really should take your time to understand the way the motifs are organized and structured and the way they are interconnected through lines.”
Archaeologist Paul du Chatelier discovered the slab in 1900 in an ancient burial ground in Finisterre, and it was stored for decades in one of his properties.
Researchers began to study only the rock – which measures 2.2 meters by 2.2 meters and weighs a ton in 2017.
Researchers said that repeated lines represent a line 30 kilometers long and 21 kilometers wide and may indicate the ownership of land by a prince or king.
“If we could figure out what these symbols meant, then we would know what the map represents,” Pillier said, adding that the slab raises many questions.
“Can we still talk about societies where writing did not exist and when you can draw a map with captions of the former or protostosterone?”
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