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Anyone like old maps?

Postby chrisboote » Thu May 21, 2015 02:56 pm

This
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might* be the oldest known extant map in the world
It shows a volcano erupting next to the ancient town of Çatalhöyük
The black and white squares have been shown to correspond with houses uncovered by archaeological digs in the town
It dates from 8,500-9,500 years ago!
It's a mural on a wall in a position which would correspond to the small building with an ochre-coloured doorway at the bottom
Which itself could be the first "You are here" marker

* Some claim it is a leopard skin with abstract patterns below it
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Re: Anyone like old maps?

Postby Grace Speaker » Thu May 21, 2015 04:07 pm

That's actually really Quite Interesting :D :wink: Are you researching more questions or have you taken up archaeology, specialising in ancient Turkey?

Seriously though, that mural is very cool 8)

. . . although, having just re-read Thud! it reminds me of Methodia Rascal's chicken sitting on a load of the dwarfs' Devices . . . Awk! :lol:
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Postby steeljam » Thu May 21, 2015 10:03 pm

It certainly shows which houses have more than one bedroom. :D
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Re: Anyone like old maps?

Postby chrisboote » Fri May 22, 2015 06:38 am

Grace Speaker wrote:That's actually really Quite Interesting :D :wink: Are you researching more questions or have you taken up archaeology, specialising in ancient Turkey?

Shhhh :wink: :wink:
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Re: Anyone like old maps?

Postby Stibbons » Fri May 22, 2015 10:29 am

Grace Speaker wrote: ...have you taken up archaeology, specialising in ancient Turkey?


Actually that's what I used to do once a year, around a week after Christmas...

Nice map though, fascinating. Of course they have not yet uncovered the writing that says "Enjoy your visit to the Ancient town of Çatalhöyük, copies of this map are available in the gift shop. The management takes no responsibility for sudden searing volcanic death during the course of your stay. Have a nice day!"
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Re: Anyone like old maps?

Postby Grace Speaker » Fri May 22, 2015 12:49 pm

Very possibly the scariest map you'll every see : The Fool's Cap Map of the World dates from ca. 1580-1590 and is one of the big mysteries in the history of cartography. It is unknown why, when and by whom the map was made . . . .

. . . . anyone care to advance a theory? :wink:

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Re: Anyone like old maps?

Postby annebn » Mon May 25, 2015 08:04 pm

gladhamar2.jpg


This one isn't as old, it's "only" from 1636. But I think it's suitable for the forum as it shows Gladhammer's* mine. I think that's a perfect dwarf name!

*OK, so Gladhammar is a village in Sweden. But it could have been in the Ramtops.
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Postby Catch-up » Tue May 26, 2015 11:12 am

Very fun! All three are interesting. The last one looks like the houses have tipped over. :)
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Postby Grace Speaker » Tue May 26, 2015 11:38 am

A map for romantics, perhaps? :wink: I don't think Euclid would approve though . . .

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Postby chrisboote » Thu May 28, 2015 06:55 am

That heart shaped Mercator map was on the recording of QI I went to yesterday :)
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Postby Grace Speaker » Thu May 28, 2015 07:09 am

chrisboote wrote:That heart shaped Mercator map was on the recording of QI I went to yesterday :)
:D Really? Unintentional prescience on my part! :wink: I hope that bit makes it into the show! Was it a good show & who was on the panel?
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Postby chrisboote » Thu May 28, 2015 07:45 am

We're not allowed to tell you who was on, but by gOllie, in the thick of it, there was a bit of a bake off between one lady guest and another (who Coxed it all up with one question..)
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Postby Grace Speaker » Thu May 28, 2015 08:00 am

chrisboote wrote:We're not allowed to tell you who was on, but by gOllie, in the thick of it, there was a bit of a bake off between one lady guest and another (who Coxed it all up with one question..)
:mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
Well if you're not allowed to say, then I absolutely won't be looking forward to seeing Mr Addison, Ms Perkiins and maybe Prof Cox?
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Re: Anyone like old maps?

Postby chrisboote » Thu May 28, 2015 08:42 am

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chrisboote wrote:We're not allowed to tell you who was on, but by gOllie, in the thick of it, there was a bit of a bake off between one lady guest and another (who Coxed it all up with one question..)
:mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
Well if you're not allowed to say, then I absolutely won't be looking forward to seeing Mr Addison, Ms Perkiins and maybe Prof Cox?

Ah well, to quote Jim Steinman, "two outta three ain't bad"
I did say one LADY guest and another :)
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Re: Anyone like old maps?

Postby Grace Speaker » Thu May 28, 2015 09:01 am

chrisboote wrote:
Grace Speaker wrote:
chrisboote wrote:We're not allowed to tell you who was on, but by gOllie, in the thick of it, there was a bit of a bake off between one lady guest and another (who Coxed it all up with one question..)
:mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
Well if you're not allowed to say, then I absolutely won't be looking forward to seeing Mr Addison, Ms Perkins and maybe Prof Cox?

Ah well, to quote Jim Steinman, "two outta three ain't bad"
I did say one LADY guest and another :)
Do you not count Sue Perkins as a lady then? :? :wink: If it wasn't Sue, was it Mel? Not, you understand, that I am incorrigibly nosey and am asking you to either confirm or deny who the guests were . . .
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