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Turkish admiral’s secret map that might rewrite the history of mankind
06 March, 2015
This world map, that still remains a disputable issue among scientists, was made by Turkish Admiral in 1513. The map reflects such information that was primarily unknown in the 16th century.

The map was discovered in 1929, when Topkapı Palace was made into a museum. It depicts both the United States (the map was made only 21 years after the discovery of America), and Antarctica which was discovered in1820.

A copy of the map was sent to the U.S. Navy
Hydrographic Office in 1953 where the validity of the map was confirmed. However strange this may sound, the old map surprisingly coincides with modern ones. Based on the similarities, scientists expressed the opinion that modern technology and at least good knowledge of trigonometry (which was developed only in the 18th century) was necessary to create such an artifact.

Ottoman admiral, geographer and cartographer Piri Reis, the one who drew the map, claimed that he did so by using only the maps of Alexander the Great’s period and maps Columbus used while discovering America.

However, the biggest dispute is caused by Antarctica clearly depicted on the map. The image matches one taken from space, which raises another question.

One of the most reasonable versions is that Piri used sources and maps from the prehistoric era of civilization, which may have been more technologically advanced.
The unique map made by Piri Reis is preserved in the museum of Topkapi Palace and is also engraved in the Turkish lira.

The information was provided by mirchie-love.ge
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