A very intersting post by Marissa worthy of bringing to your attention.
I mentioned the Madaba Map in this post some way back.
For most, professionals included, the meat of history is written. Whether a work is authored as deliberate witness to historical events or is, like legal documents and personal memoranda, an incidental source, it provides scholars with a direct route into the thoughts and actions of the past not offered by archaeology. In mediaeval history, however, there are some spectacular sources whose value lies not in what is written, but in what is shown. These visual records include items like the Bayeux Tapestry (which is perennially useful from a blogging perspective,) and today’s own featured item: the Madaba Map.
Created some time in the 6th century (an era known either as the very early Middle Ages or very late Antiquity) the Madaba Map is an extraordinarily detailed mosaic of the holy land, now located in Jordan. It was discovered in the 1880s during the construction of a new church, but suffered…
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