Detail map of Babychi, Cherkas'ka oblast, Ukraine Overview map of Babychi, Cherkas'ka oblast, Ukraine

A: Babychi, Cherkas'ka oblast, Ukraine

Perhaps the Oldest Map in the World

10000 BCE
<p>Drawing inscribed on a mammoth tusk found in Mezhirich, Ukraine.</p>

Drawing inscribed on a mammoth tusk found in Mezhirich, Ukraine.

Map-making appears to predate written language. What may be the oldest map in the world, discovered in Ukraine in 1966, may date from about 10,000 BCE. Inscribed on a mammoth tusk, the map was found in Mezhirich, Ukraine. It has been interpreted to show dwellings along a river.

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