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Toponymy. The study of place names (toponyms), their origins, meanings, use and typology. Toponymy is itself a branch of onomastics, the study of names of all kinds.


Really long place name
Really Short place name

--Emma: interested in mapping of Pangaea
--Jamie: interested in maps of Buffalo and also the "first maps ever made" [*] [+]
--Max: interested in propaganda maps: "Post 1800 Propaganda maps whose efficacy and influence are clearly documented. Maps that are judged to be deliberately inaccurate and grossly biased today, but were in their heydey accepted by the general populace as scientific/true."
--Damian: interested in a map of the world before 1492




Imago Mundi Babylonian map, the oldest known world map, 6th century BCE Babylonia.First map of the World
Objects on the Babylonian map of the world [5]
1. "Mountain" (Akkadian: šá-du-ú)
2. "City" (Akkadian: uru)
3. Urartu (Akkadian: ú-ra-áš-tu)
4. Assyria (Akkadian: kuraš+šurki)
5. Der (Akkadian: dēr)
6. ?
7. Swamp (Akkadian: ap-pa-ru)
8. Elam (Akkadian: šuša)
9. Canal (Akkadian: bit-qu)
10. Bit Yakin (Akkadian: bῑt-ia-᾿-ki-nu)
11. "City" (Akkadian: uru)
12. Habban (Akkadian: ha-ab-ban)
13. Babylon (Akkadian: tin.tirki), divided by Euphrates

14 — 17. Ocean (salt water, Akkadian: idmar-ra-tum)

18 — 22. Mythological objects

Anaximander world map reconstructionAnaximander Ἀναξίμανδρος Anaximandros; c. 610 – c. 546 BC

World's oldest map: Spanish cave has landscape from 14,000 years ago (Telegraph article 2009); image.


Propaganda Maps