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Which came first: The people or the sweet potatoes?

TAMPA: The bulbous, colourful sweet potato has long been seen as an artifact of mankind's first ocean voyages, ferried from its home in South America …

Anthropology

4,000-Year-Old Sumerian Port Shows the Famed Civilization Excelled at Sea Too

Now it’s a desert, but 4000 years ago the ancient site of Abu Tbeirah in southern Iraq was a thriving Sumerian port town. It was a hub where ships …

Archaeologists Make The Remarkable Discovery Of A 4,000-Year-Old Sumerian Port In Iraq

Archaeologists working on excavations in Dhi Qar, in the southern region of Iraq, have recently made the astonishing discovery of a 4,000-year-old …

Archaeology

Haul of feudal coins in Saitama could total up to 260,000:The Asahi Shimbun

KUMAGAYA, Saitama Prefecture--One of the biggest hauls of medieval coins ever discovered in Japan has been unearthed in Saitama Prefecture.<p>Tens of …

Paying for Services: Illicit Brothel Coins of Pompeii Show What’s on The Menu

Today, there is a strong, negative stigma surrounding the occupation of prostitution. It is often looked upon as “sinful”, “detestable”, and …

How Arrow-Wielding Men Mapped Britain in the 1940s

Recently unearthed photos show beleaguered surveyors in suits holding pointy wooden markers.<p>On March 11, 1947, readers of the <i>Manchester Evening</i> …

United Kingdom

I'm betting on Numismatics!

I'm going all in on red!<p>Actually, I'm not. But if I were a gambler, maybe that's something I'd say. Gambling has been a popular pastime throughout …

10 Greatest Shipwreck Treasures Ever Found

The bountiful seas hold many, many treasures. Above and beyond these ten astonishing shipwreck treasures on our list, it is said that there may be as …

Archaeology

The Little-Known History of Seafaring Pets

From war to exploration to pleasure cruising, pets have often accompanied us on the oceans.<p>It gets hard to tell when you go back that far, but …

Pets

Book review: Atlas of Cursed Places - where you don't want to be

From blood-soaked Nuremberg, Germany to ruddy Nevada, <i>Atlas of Cursed Places</i> boldly exposes some of the most unnerving destinations on the map.<p>"The …

Cartographic Comedy in the 16th century: The Fool’s Cap Map of the World

The Fool’s Cap Map of the World is an engraving of a map of the world, and is thought to have been made towards the end of the 16th century. This map …

Ancient Maps spark debate between China and Philippines over South China Sea islands

The Chinese government claims ninety percent of the South China Sea, including the Spratly Islands, an archipelago of 750 islands and reefs nearer …

The Cartographer Who Mapped Out Gotham City

Gotham City is the perpetually dark comic book metropolis of alleys, asylums, caves, mansions, and of course, Batman. The Dark Knight of DC Comics …

This Stone Age Mural Might Be the Oldest Map Ever

For as long as humans have been around, we’ve been trying to find our way. Metaphorically, sure, but also literally. Even today, one of the best ways …

Did Marco Polo “Discover” America?

For a guy who claimed to spend 17 years in China as a confidant of Kublai Khan, Marco Polo left a surprisingly skimpy paper trail. No Asian sources …

Discover One of History’s Most Ambitious Maps

What’s in a map? When viewed as historical documents, most maps go far beyond portraying mere place. Rather, they transmit ideas about the …

The Library of Congress Is Putting Its Map Collection on the Map

Map lovers rejoice: soon, thousands of maps from the Library of Congress’ collection will be free to gaze at online. Thanks to a new partnership with …

Genealogy

Take a Rare Look Inside FDR’s WWII Information Center: The Map Room

Franklin Delano Roosevelt really loved maps, and that love became a central part of his wartime presidency.<p>“His love of maps can be traced to his …

History’s Most Misleading Maps

Last spring, a 23-year-old woman was driving her car through the Ontario town of Tobermory. It was unfamiliar territory for her, so she was dutifully …

Where to See Some of the World’s Oldest and Most Interesting Maps

Back when mapmaking was still a fledgling profession in the U.S., cartographers had a trick up their sleeves: they would insert fake towns into the …

Making Connections Between the World's Newest and Oldest Maps

An interview with John Hessler, a cartography expert at the Library of Congress and one of the people behind the new book, <i>Map: Exploring The World</i>.<p>Few people in the world know their way around a map like John Hessler does. The Library of Congress’s “Specialist in Modern Cartography and Geographic …

Maps

<b>Cuneiform tablets</b> were long used for making maps and plans of towns, rural areas, and houses, but rarely for anything larger or without commercial …

Ancient History

How Archaeologists Crammed 1500 Years of Roman History Into One Map

Rome wasn’t built in a day, so it stands to reason that a modern map of the ancient city might take a considerable amount of time as well—almost a …

New Jersey

The Best Old Maps Of London

Even at low-resolution, the John Rocque map of London (above) is a thing of beauty. But zoom in and you can see the names of individual alleyways, …

England

See the Historic Maps Declassified by the CIA

A new gallery provides a rare look inside the 75-year history of the agency’s mapping unit.<p>Shortly after the attacks of September 11, 2001, U.S. President George W. Bush and several advisors gathered at Camp David to weigh the country’s options. On the table in front of them, as you can see in the …

Six Delhi maps chart the city’s evolution from 1807 to 2021

Pilar Maria Guerrieri’s book ‘Maps Of Delhi’ reveals the changing face of the metropolis over two centuries.<p>A map in the musty room of the National …

Maps