The 4m-Long Saint-Bélec Slab, First Discovered In 1900, May Be Europe’s Oldest Map, With Its Markings Depicting A Rough 3D Match To The River Region In Which The Ancient Saint-Bélec Burial Mound Existed. There Are Such Stone Map Carvings All Over The World, But This May Be The First Map, Globally, To Depict An Area On A Specific Scale.
Forgotten Stone Slab May Actually Be The Oldest Known Map in Europe
The markings are unfamiliar: carved contours that now only hint at a lost landscape from long ago. Nonetheless, a large, mysterious slab of stone recently rediscovered in France looks like it might just be the oldest known map in Europe.