The Map That Should not Be

These of you who’re avid treasure hunters are in all probability all nicely aware of maps that are utterly undecipherable. Even older maps which have been meant to be correct portrayals of topography may be virtually humorously inaccurate. The existence of a map relationship from the center ages, then, that could possibly be used to appropriate errors in fashionable maps created as late because the 1950s could be nothing lower than astonishing. Nevertheless it does exist.

The map was drawn by Piri Reis in 1513. It exhibits detailed and pointedly correct outlines of Japanese North and South America, and Western Africa, a completely wonderful accomplishment in that period, however that’s not the actual present stopper about this map. It additionally exhibits a very correct detailed define of the Northern Antarctic Coast because it exists with out the ice cap. This isn’t simply wonderful, it’s inconceivable by any approach we all know of to have existed within the identified expertise of civilization till our current talents. There are two points that even additional complicate this thriller.

The primary complication is that Antarctica had not been found but in 1513. The truth that Piri Reis had said himself that he had used different maps from different sources obtainable to sailors in his period, some relationship again to the times of Alexander the Nice, does nothing however compound the thriller. That solely implies that this data was compiled at a good earlier date. The place may this data have come from? Whereas utterly baffling, it is just the “tip of the iceberg” so to talk.

The define of Antarctica on this map exhibits the shoreline as it’s underneath the one mile thick snow cap of the area — with an accuracy we are able to confirm now by utilizing solely not too long ago developed expertise through aerial surveying. It has been calculated that the final time the Antarctic coast was away from this ice cap was 6,000 years in the past at the newest, with a potential inaccuracy of this determine pushing the date again to presumably so long as 13,000 years in the past. At current, we’ve no information of any civilization in existence throughout these dates.

In 1953 the Hydrographic Bureau of the U.S. Navy acquired this map and truly used it to appropriate errors in their very own current day maps. Apparently whoever drew these charts had the information of the truth that the world is spherical, the circumference, inside 50 miles, and an especially superior information of spherical trigonometry.

The Piri Reis is just one of a number of maps drawn through the center ages by sailors utilizing mapping from historical sources utterly unknown to us in current occasions. Whereas we are able to now map the world with the identical accuracy as these ancients have been in a position to do, it nonetheless stays for us to search out out who these folks have been and after they lived.

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