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Anglo-Saxon world map, 11th Century

Anglo-Saxon world map, 11th Century

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Caption

Anglo-Saxon world map. This map is dated between 1025 and 1050. It shows the earliest known accurate depiction of the British Isles. East is at the top. It is divided into the three continents of Europe, Asia and Africa, with the Mediterranean Sea in the centre. The outline and detail of the British Isles are relatively accurate, with London and Winchester represented as town buildings, and the river Thames and another river indicated. In Ireland, there is the first representation of Armagh, and the Isle of Man, and the Orkney Islands can be identified. Cornwall is exaggerated, possibly to indicate its importance as a source of tin and copper.

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