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Map of Mesopotamia

Map of Mesopotamia. Computer artwork of markings on a stone tablet showing a map of Mesopotamia. The stone tablet dates from between 700 and 500 BC and is from Sippar in southern Iraq. The ancient city of Babylon is the rectangle located at the centre of the map. Cuneiform script elsewhere on the tablet also mentions Assyria and Elam. The Mesopotamian world is surrounded by a circular waterway labelled salt-sea. Triangular regions, or islands, beyond the sea were thought to be home to mythical creatures. Mesopotamia refers to a region between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in what is now Iraq. The stone tablet is kept in the British Museum

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Ancient Anthropology Antiquity Archaeology Babylon Babylonian Cartography Classical Cuneiform Earth Science Graphic Inscription Iraq Island Islands Land Mapping Maps Mesopotamia Middle East Mythological Mythology Region Regions Sciences Assyria Cartographical Computer Artwork Elam Iraqi Sippar Stone Tablet


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This print showcases a remarkable computer artwork of markings on a stone tablet, revealing an ancient map of Mesopotamia. Dating back to the period between 700 and 500 BC, this historical artifact was discovered in Sippar, located in southern Iraq. At the heart of this intricate map lies the renowned city of Babylon, depicted as a rectangular shape. The tablet's cuneiform script also references other prominent regions such as Assyria and Elam. Surrounding the Mesopotamian world is a circular waterway labeled as the salt-sea. Beyond this vast expanse lie triangular regions or islands that were believed to be inhabited by mythical creatures, adding an element of mystique to this ancient depiction. Mesopotamia itself refers to the region situated between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in what is now modern-day Iraq. Preserved within the esteemed British Museum, this stone tablet offers invaluable insights into classical geography and serves as a testament to our understanding of antiquity. With its rich history and cultural significance, this image not only appeals to archaeology enthusiasts but also captivates those interested in mythology, anthropology, cartography, and earth sciences. It allows us to delve into an era long gone while marveling at humanity's early attempts at mapping their surroundings.

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