Map-making and related sciences
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2013-12-12 17:20
For medieval people, the ocean was the ultimate mystery, as were the creatures that lived there - in truth and in the imagination. Many of these creatures were depicted on medieval maps, the subject of two new books reviewed on Smithsonian's Collage of Arts and Sciences blog.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-11-01 15:58
Modern maps rarely include wondrous sea monsters in their depictions of bodies of water. Author Chet Van Duzer laments this fact in his new book Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps. Tanya Lewis of LiveScience has a review.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2013-10-21 06:36
The history of Europe is... complicated, as anyone who has studied it can confirm. A short animated film from LiveLeak, entitled Map of Europe: 1000 AD to present day, can help understand the ebbs and flows of the nations.
Submitted by Alys Katharine on Thu, 2013-08-22 08:04
The oldest known depiction of the New World has been found carved onto a 500-year-old ostrich egg.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Tue, 2013-06-04 15:53
Archaeologists have created a detailed map of the medieval port city of Dunwich, dubbed "Britain's Atlantis" because it sank into the sea centuries ago. Using both high-tech imaging and historic research, archaeologists have been able to map out the town boundaries, streets, and even identify individual buildings.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-05-10 12:08
Historians have long been fascinated by the creation of maps during the Age of Exploration. Of special interest are maps such as Waldseemüller and Ringmann's first map mentioning "America." The New York Times Science page looks at A Renaissance Globemaker’s Toolbox, a new book on the subject by John W. Hessler.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2013-01-21 17:56
A 700-year-old map of the world, the Hereford Mappa Mundi, has been removed from display in Hereford Cathedral for evaluation of its condition. The 52 in. (132cm) circular map shows a medieval view of the world with Jerusalem at the center and Paradise "surrounded by a wall and a ring of fire, roughly where Japan would be." (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2012-08-05 18:13
Experts previously believed that only four copies of the 16th century Waldseemueller map still existed, but a fifth copy has been discovered between the pages of a 19th century book in Munich's Ludwig Maximilian University. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2012-08-02 10:01
Harvard University has announced the Digital Atlas of Roman and Medieval Civilization (DARMC), a website that "offers a series of maps and geodatabases bearing on multiple aspects of Roman and medieval civilization in the broadest terms."
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2012-06-16 16:52
In a discovery worthy of Dan Brown, experts believe they may have found Sir Walter Raleigh's "lost colony" of Roanoke inscribed on a 16th century map in invisible ink. (photos)
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Tue, 2012-05-15 10:44
The Roman road network, renowned for its scope and efficiency, has now gotten even easier to travel thanks to an online application from Stanford University. ORBIS is a geospatial network model that covers hundreds of land and sea routes in the Roman Empire circa 200 CE.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Mon, 2012-05-14 10:08
Theories about the fate of the "Lost Colony", a group of English colonists who founded a settlement in coastal North Carolina (USA), have ranged from disease to alien abduction. New evidence found on an English map may finally answer the question.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Fri, 2012-03-30 14:23
The U.S. Government is set to name a spot north of San Francisco, California after Sir Francis Drake, giving credance to that spot as the true location where Drake landed and claimed "Nova Albion" for Elizabeth I.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2012-02-25 11:36
In 2010, a family discovered an antique gun buried in the sand on Dundee Beach in Australia's Northern Territory. The artifact, which resembles a 16th century swivel gun, has revived the theory that the continent was discovered by Portuguese seafarer Cristovao de Mendonca in 1521. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2011-09-09 05:49
A collaborative project by Queen's University Belfast, King’s College London, and the Bodleian Libraries offers an innovative approach that explores the ‘linguistic geographies’ of the Gough Map, the earliest surviving geographically recognizable map of Great Britain.
Submitted by Justin on Wed, 2011-05-04 09:56
Combining the Google Maps user interface with Wikipedia's knowledge data, this mashup site interactively displays the history of world military conflicts in a multidimensional format that allows one to see how the areas of conflict changed over time. Select your persona's lifetime on the timeline (or by hand-editing the URL), and see what wars were shaping the world during that time.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2011-04-29 16:15
Google has produced an interactive website mapping warfare and battles throughout the world.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2011-04-22 18:23
On March 30, 2011, the world's oldest printed star charts, created by German Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer, were auctioned by Sotheby's auction house in London. The woodcuts were first printed in 1515. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2011-03-07 15:06
Ever wondered what Anglo-Saxon London would have looked like? Londonlist offers the opportunity to view closeups of how modern mapmakers would view medieval London.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2010-12-19 16:29
An exhibition of maps from the Ottoman Empire will be on display at the Vatican this winter. The Ottoman Worldview from Piri Reis to Katip Çelebi', a traveling exhibit, was created in celebration of the 400th anniversary of the birth of Katip Çelebi'.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2010-12-10 16:39
A team of Harvard undergraduates, graduate students, research scholars and one professor have created the Digital Atlas of Roman and Medieval Civilizations, a mapping and spatial analysis of the Roman and medieval worlds using the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) information system.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2010-10-23 14:51
A group of experts from Berlin Technical University's Department for Geodesy and Geoinformation Science have cracked a 2nd century map of Germany created by Ptolemy, re-dating many of the country's cities by 1,000 years.
Submitted by Miriam on Mon, 2010-10-18 14:03
Lecture given by Toby Lester -- a longtime editor and writer for The Atlantic, and the author of The Fourth Part of the World (2009) -- about the Waldseemüller world map of 1507.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Wed, 2010-08-25 07:15
A new website, PASE Domesday, allows users to search William the Conqueror's 1086 Domesday book by person and village. The results can be seen in tabular or map form.
Submitted by Ursula on Wed, 2010-07-28 09:36
We all know the schoolboy version of the naming of the American continents: merchant explorer Amerigo Vespucci supposedly named the New World after himself. But a little-known proofreader and scholar named Matthias Ringmann may actually be responsible.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Sat, 2010-06-05 18:26
The Library of Congress recently played host to "Re-Examining the Portolan Chart: History, Navigation and Science.", an academic conference dedicated to the history and origins of medieval coastal maps.
Submitted by Ursula on Sat, 2010-05-22 13:12
Most of us think of a map as a tool for getting from one place to another. But throughout history, mapmakers have had other priorities than providing a factual picture of the world.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2010-02-02 21:09
In 1602, when he created the first Chinese map to name the Americas, Matteo Ricci was a Jesuit missionary living in Bejing. His map is currently on display at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2009-12-17 12:54
The December 2009 issue of Smithsonian Magazine features an article on the Waldseemüller Map, an early 16th century chart which "changed the way people thought about the world."
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2009-09-22 16:58
Scholars are actively studying a mid-16th century map painted on amate paper made from tree bark which "tells sacred stories and speaks of pilgrimages, wars, medicine, plants, marriages, rituals and heroes of the Cuauhtinchan community," the Mexican people of modern Southwest U.S.