In 1929, a map was found inside Istanbul’s Topkapi Palace, which had recently been converted into a museum. It was created by a Turkish admiral and cartographer named Piri Reis back in 1513, who used many sources and older maps to make it. The map is noteworthy because of its fairly accurate portrayal of the world at a time when global exploration was really just beginning to take off.
The map is also unique because it appears to detail Antarctica hundreds of years before the continent actually was discovered. What’s more, it seems to depict Antarctica at a very early age, before it was covered in ice.
So, what’s the real story behind the Piri Reis map? Does it’s accuracy, particularly its inclusion of Antarctica, provide evidence of a prehistoric seafaring civilization as some of claimed?
If pseudo-history and/or alternative facts are your thing, you might be disappointed.