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April 14, 2008

Nippur, Babylonia circa 1000 B.C. — Earliest known map drawn to scale

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About 3,000 years ago a distant ancestor of Gary Burrell sat down with a stylus and a soft clay tablet and etched the piece pictured above.

You can see it in person at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland, where it will be on display through June 8, 2008 as part of a show entitled "Maps: Finding Our Place in the World."

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are there any more detailed photos of this tablet?? I would love to be able to read the cuneiform off the map in detail. Is it part of a private collection or is it in a museum permanently??
any info you can give me would be greatly appreciated!!
thanks,
Steven P. Smith

Posted by: steve | May 22, 2008 7:02:25 PM

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