Exquisite ancient cartography on Sri Lanka Early maps reveal that the ancient cartographers were already fairly knowledgeable with the outline and topography of Sri Lanka. The earliest maps are attributed to Claudius Ptolemy an Egyptian astronomer and geographer, who lived in Alexandria. Ptolemy was able to collect information from travellers and returning seamen as well as to have recourse to the records of the ancient authorities. Like paintings and prints, maps had become a characteristic aspect of the 17th century Dutch culture. A map was not merely a practical object, it was also a thing...