The earliest known map is the Babylonian Map of the World. It dates back to 600 BCE, and it depicts Babylon in the center of the map in clay. The Zagros Mountains, marshes and islands are also clearly visible on the map. It was found in southern Iraq and can be seen at the British Museum.
There are a few contenders for the oldest known map. The most likely ones I’ve found are a map etched on a rock, found in Spain in 1994, and another possible map etched on a mammoth tusk from Ukraine. Both date back to around 12,000 BC.
It looks like researchers aren’t clear on where either of the maps refer to.
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