This map was printed in Cosmographia produced by Sebastian Munster. This map was special due to the fact it was the first map made in Europe that depicted the whole of Africa. There was European contact with Africa in the ancient and classical period that was between Romans and Greeks with Egyptian civilization. Munster’s Cosmographia […]Read more "Sebastian Munster Map of Africa (1554)"
The Fra Muaro map is considered to be an important artifact of cartography. This marks the shift away from Biblical map making to more scientific based cartography. When it was produced in 1450, it was the most detailed and accurate description of the world. Fra Murao was a monk and creator of this map who […]Read more "The Fra Mauro Map (1450)"
This is an Olmec mask from Olmec civilization. This artifact current resides in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Olmec mask is composed of Jade. This may have been just decorative art and not meant to be worn. The mask does not contain holes in the eyes or mouth.What can be deduced is that it […]Read more "Olmec Jadeite Mask (900-400 B.C.E)"
This was a pen and ink drawing on paper produced by Leonardo da Vinci in 1490. He was not only an artist, but an inventor, engineer, scientist, poet, and a polymath of multiple talents. One of his many interests was the science of anatomy. During this time period in Europe there was a new enthusiasm […]Read more "Vitruvian Man (1490)"
It seems some toys have their roots in ancient civilization. Like children of today, playing with toys was a favorite past time in the ancient world. This artifact is part of the Berlin antiquities collection. The yo-yo is probably one of the oldest toys. It is believed early yo-yo toys were either made out of […]Read more "Boy Playing With a Terracotta Yo-Yo (440 B.C.E)"
This is a stamp produced in the Soviet Union honoring Nelson Mandela. Russia was involved in undermining white minority colonial rule in the South African region. The Ronald Reagan administration during this time chose a policy of constructive engagement. This was nothing more than being an apologist for the Apartheid regime. The ANC was a […]Read more "Nelson Mandela Stamp (1988)"
Mary Shelly ushered in modern science fiction with the publication of Frankenstein . The novel about Victor Frankenstein with his knowledge of science created a monster has captivated readers and has been adapted into films. This is the first edition released to the public . It should be noted that Shelly’s name does not appear on […]Read more "The First Edition of Frankenstein (1818)"