Beneath Our Feet: Mapping the World Below
Sep 08

Beneath Our Feet: Mapping the World Below

March 14, 2018 all-day
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
700 Boylston St.
Boston MA 02116
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center

Humans have been delving below Earth’s surface for tens of thousands of years.  From the earliest maps of the spiritual underworld made by ancient man, to digital maps of the seabed produced today, the human need to explore and envision the world beneath our feet is age-old.  In this exhibition, you will see how ancient Romans carved vast underground catacombs, how minerals and natural resources have been studied, engineered and transported since the 19th century, how today’s scientific and cartographic advancements have enabled us to picture the entire ocean floor, and what lies below the streets of Boston.  As you explore nearly 400 years of maps and images of the world below, you can compare the historical viewpoint with the modern, and see how we have advanced our perception and depiction of what lies beneath.