The map may seem old-fashioned in today’s world because of smartphones and GPS devices. But as we all know, centuries ago, a map is the only tool that travelers use to navigate the world.
A man in Aberdeen, Scotland, was doing some home renovations when he discovered something unusual that is stuffed inside the chimney. At first look, the mysterious parcel appeared to be rags used to stop draught.
Upon further examination, the man discovered it was something more valuable. These “rags” were a map dating back to the 17th century.
When he realized that he had something important on his hands, he showed his discovery to the National Library.
Stewards at the National Library had never seen anything important in a bad condition.
However, it didn’t stop them from trying to restore it. Along the way, they discovered that it was created by renowned engraver Gerard Valck.
Let’s watch how the National Library worked around the clock to help restore a piece of history that had long been forgotten.
This story proves that you will never know what kinds of hidden treasures are in your home. Fortunately, this man discovered it and made its way to the National Library rather than in the garbage.