Archaeologists find western world's oldest map

Soleto-MapThe Daily Telegraph report that archaeologists in southern Italy have revealed a fragment of teracotta onto which is engraved a map of Apulia, the region at the heel of Italy’s “boot”. Known as the Soleto Map, it is the earliest known map of anywhere in the western world, dating to about 500BC.

What is particularly interesting about this find is not just early cartographic techniques, but the Greek inscriptions, which tell us something about the links between this part of Italy and Greece. And to make it extra special, many of the towns marked on the map are still about today…

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