Offbeat And if archaeologists had discovered the oldest map of Europe in Finistère?

18:25  08 april  2021
18:25  08 april  2021 Source:   europe1.fr

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Des archéologues ont découvert, dans une cave, une dalle gravée datant de l'âge de bronze. Découverte une première fois en 1900 avant d'être perdue, la dalle a refait surface récemment. Recouvert de dessins, ce morceau de roche pourrait être la carte géographique la plus vieille d'Europe. © InRap Archaeologists discovered, in a cellar, an engraved slab dating from the bronze age. Discovered a first time in 1900 before being lost, the slab has resurfaced recently. Covered with drawings, this piece of rock could be the oldest geographical map of Europe.

It's a (re) discovery. Archaeologists have discovered, in a cellar, an engraved slab dating from the bronze age. Aged about 4,000 years old, this stele is covered with circles, straight lines or potato-shaped patterns. Distinctive signs that suggest archaeologists that they would be a map of a region of Finistère . Some 80% of the signs found on the rock correspond in fact to the valley of the Odet.

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If it is a card, the archaeologist Clement Nicolas thinks that she was not used to orienting: "The region seems divided into several territories. And there we can imagine that it is the map of one of these territories, a prince or a little king of the time and that this card was used to affirm the authority of this political power. "

inRAP researchers @bournemouthni @cnrs and @UBO_univrébark have just highlighted the oldest card in Europe, dating from the age of the old bronze. The search concerns the engraved slab of Saint-Bélec (Leuhan, Finistère) and appears in the bulletin of @spf_infos . pic.twitter.com/ztbsdduf2c

- inrap (@inrap) april 6, 2021 A slab fallen in oblivion

This rock block has actually been discovered in 1900 by the prehistorian Breton Paul de Chatellier, in the Tumulus from Saint-Bélec. After the death of the latter, his family sold the slab to the National Archeology Museum of Saint-Germain-en-Laye. 2.20 meters long by 1.53 meters wide and weighing more than one tonne, the artifact has not been identified by the museum since 1990 and ended in the museum's cellar, almost forgotten all.

The work of archaeologists is not finished. Many patterns appearing on the rock remain mysterious. Researchers must now decipher what men of the bronze age have enrolled in the stone by realizing new archaeological excavations in the coming months.

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