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Photos: Christopher Columbus Likely Saw This 1491 Map

Reading the text

1491 map

(Image credit: mage by Lazarus Project / MegaVision / RIT / EMEL, courtesy of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library)

Finally, researchers were able to read the text on the India portion of the map with this processing technique.

Northeastern Asia

1491 map

(Image credit: Image by Lazarus Project / MegaVision / RIT / EMEL, courtesy of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library)

The earlier shown section of northeastern Asia, shown here processed with multispectral imaging.

Hard day's night

1491 map

(Image credit: Courtesy of Chet Van Duzer; Image by Lazarus Project / MegaVision / RIT / EMEL, courtesy of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library)

Researchers take multispectral images of the map at Yale University's Beinecke Library.

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Laura Geggel
As an associate editor for Live Science, Laura Geggel covers general science, including the environment, archaeology and amazing animals. She has written for The New York Times, Scholastic, Popular Science and Spectrum, a site covering autism research. Laura grew up in Seattle and studied English literature and psychology at Washington University in St. Louis before completing her graduate degree in science writing at NYU. When not writing, you'll find Laura playing Ultimate Frisbee.