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Large Bronze Age Stone May Be Europe’s Oldest 3D Map

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The stone slab first unearthed in 1900 in Brittany, France, believed to be the oldest map in Europe. Credit: Denis Gliksman/ Inrap

The 4,000-year-old piece of rock, called Saint-Bélec Slab has been re-examined and a new analysis shows it may be Europe’s oldest 3D map.

Originally found in Brittany, France in 1900 the stone slab has been kept in the cellars of the Musée d’Archeologie Nationale in Saint Germain en Laye, west of Paris.

No one bothered to examine it closer, at least not until now. Researchers Yvan Pailler and Clément Nicolas read about the rock in an article and decided to examine it closer. It is a good thing they conducted the analysis of the markings and engravings on the slab which is 2.2 meters long and 1.53 meters wide because this is a tremendous archaeological discovery.

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