Conception of the Pocket-Atlas: Prehistoric Maps in European Museums

Thomas Forner and Alexander Wolodtschenko


Institute for Cartography, Dresden University of Technology, Germany



Our poster topic belongs to the research project "Atlas-Cartography and Atlas-Cartosemiotics" in Institute for Cartography, Dresden University of Technology and to international project "Cartosemiotic European Heritage". The research project consists of several subprojects. One of this subproject is: development of conception of the pocket-atlas "Prehistoric Maps in European Museums" as "guide" to roots of cartography.

The poster deals with some conception aspects of the pocket-atlas and shows selected map-similar representations (map-like images), which are demonstrated in some European museums as archaeological exhibits. From a cartosemiotic point of view they represent various topographic-, cosmological- and sky-referred objects.

The selected prehistoric map-like images one can see in archaeological and natural museums of some European states, for example, in Czech Republic (Pavlov map), Germany (Nebra map), Italy (Valcamonica map), Russia (Maikop map) and Ukraine (Mezherich map).


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