Anglo-Saxon 10th century world map

Anglo-Saxon 10th century world map

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Credit: SHEILA TERRY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Anglo-Saxon world map, dating from the 10th century. East is top. This map of the known world was probably produced by an Irish monk. Considering the state of European learning at the time, it is an impressive geographical achievement. However, in terms of accuracy it is outclassed by maps dating from the Classical era. Important landmarks, such as Jerusalem and Rome, are marked. The original is part of the Cotton Library, held in the British Library. Taken from A Book of Discovery (1912) by M.B. Synge.

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