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are extremely few historic maps that are more than five hundred years old. So, even if there were lots of great maps around way back when, they are gone now. Thanks, entropy. 5 Digital Worlds [ 90 ]  P a r t  I I Most  of  the  surviving  examples  of  old  maps  were  made  by  Western  explorers  and  surveyors  in  the  centuries  that  followed  Columbus making his way to the New World. There is something  charming in their imperfections, with coastlines that almost look  right,  but  not  quite,  and  huge  blank  spots.  There  have  been  a  number of

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Preface ix Acknowledgments xv Part I 1 Historical Curiosity 3 2 Finding Things Out 17 Part II 3 Views from Above 45 4 Scans of the Planet 68 5 Digital Worlds 89 Part III 6 Retracing Our Steps: Migration, Mobility, and Travel 117 7 Food and Farms: How Our Ancestors Fed Themselves 149 8 Living in the Past: Reverse Engineering Ancient Societies 169 Contents Conclusion 9 Archaeology as Time Machine 191 Glossary 205 Notes 209 References 229 Index 251