While researchers have insisted that ancient civilizations did not have certain technological advancements, there are a variety of maps that indicate otherwise. Many of which show features that would not have been indicated on the maps without certain advancements.
Many scientists and historians maintain that ancient civilizations were in no way comparable to our current society, however, if these maps were created hundreds of years ago, it would seem that they were far more comparable than we once thought. Furthermore, these maps would prove as evidence that ancient societies knew the exact shape, size, and were also aware of extremely advanced mathematical skills including spherical trigonometry.
1. The Piri Reis Map
Perhaps the most well known of all ancient and mysterious maps would be the Piri Reis map of 1513. Created by Turkish admiral and cartographer Piri Reis, the map depicts Antarctica hundreds of years before it was discovered in 1818. What’s more fascinating is that it depicts an Antarctica that isn’t covered in ice, which would have been many, many ages ago.
2. The Zeno Map
The Zeno map was drawn in 1558. Detailed within it are the coasts of Norway. Sweden, Denmark, Germany, and Scotland. Furthermore, the maps also contain the exact longitude of a variety of islands. The strange part is that the chronometer which determines such measurements was not invented until 1765. Even stranger is the fact that it also shows the islands of Frisland, Estland, Droego and Estoiland, which don’t exist. Such phantom islands also appeared on various other maps after the fact.
3. The Map of the Creator
A massive stone map known as the Map of the Creator was discovered in the village of Chandra in Bashkortostan, Russian Federation. What is fascinating about this map is its age. Researchers believe that it is 120 million years old and it details a specific area of the Ural Mountains which has not changed in ages.
4. Iehuda Ibn Ben Zara Map
This map was drawn in 1487 and depicts Britain covered in Glaciers. It also contains islands in the Meditteranean and Aegean seas that still exist, however they are now underwater.
5. Philippe Buache’s Map
Showing a similar depiction of Antarctica as the Piri Reis map, this particular map is yet another piece of evidence towards the case that ancient civilizations were much more capable than once thought. Created in 1737, it frequently mentions icebergs, freezing temperatures, and glaciers.
6. The Oronce Finé World Map
In yet another show of evidence aiming towards the fact that ancient cartographers were much more advanced than we have been told, this map which was created in 1534 shows Antarctica before it was covered in ice. Furthermore, it also depicts the exact location of the South Pole, along with continent rivers, valleys, and coastlines. While it isn’t entirely accurate, it is quite accurate in the aspects that are most surprising.