From Cave Paintings to Crumpled Cities


Cartography didn’t just decide to exist in our culture. It has a history too. It began thousands of years ago on paintings of the heavens drawn on cave walls. Our ancestors were more sophisticated than we thought they were.

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The earliest evidence of an ancient map of the earth comes from Babylonia, where the earth is resembled as a flat circular disk on clay tablets. Soon after Aristotle proved that the Earth has a spherical shape, Ptolemy revolutionized this spherical depiction of the earth on a map by using various calculations, including coordinate system with parallels of latitude and meridians of longitude.

Many many thousands of years and technological advances later, we now have what we use for navigating through foreign countries and cities. Can you imagine traveling around in a foreign city without a map?! You’d have to ask how to get somewhere every few minutes, and that’s if you actually speak the local language!

Here’s a no-hassle map that you can bring with you when you travel. You can stuff these maps anywhere in your backpack! No need to fold them up nicely and worry about tearing it apart when opening them. They are waterproof as well, so you can even use it as shelter when you’re stuck in a rainy season. If you don’t have any 3G signals to open that digital map, this crumpled city map might just save your trip!

Photos by Emanuele Pizzolorusso

Need a cool accessory to go with the crumpled map? Check out Lomography’s Maps Edition cameras! These lovely cameras are perfect to take on your traveling adventures. Explore new cities, continents or even the stars with this brand new travel-inspired edition.

written by ilkadj on 2012-08-21 #history #lifestyle #cartography #maps #cave-paintings #travel #limited-maps-edition #crumpled-city

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