The stone image, created about four thousand years ago, is a map of the area in western Brittany.
In the basement of the French castle of Saint-Germain, they found a stone slab with patterns from the Bronze Age, which is considered the oldest 3D map of Europe. It is reported by BBC News.
The slab was originally discovered in 1900 by the archaeologist Paul du Chatelier during excavations of an ancient burial ground in Brittany. After that, she was lost and in 2014 she was accidentally found in the basement of a castle on the outskirts of Paris.
A piece of stone measuring 2 by 1.5 meters is known as the Saint-Belek slab. It dates from the Early Bronze Age between 1900 BC. and 1650 BC.
After examining the slab, archaeologists came to the conclusion that it is a map of the area in western Brittany – the depressions represent a three-dimensional image of the Odet River valley, and several lines show the river network of this area.
“This is probably the oldest map of the area that has been identified,” said one of the study’s authors, Dr. Clement Nicholas of Bournemouth University.
According to him, there are several similar carved maps around the world, but for the first time a territory is depicted on a stone at a certain scale.
According to one version, the map could be evidence of the ruler’s ownership of the land.
Earlier it was reported that scientists created a complete map of the ancient city in Italy using GPR and a tractor.