The Medieval and Early Modern Nautical Charts: Birth, Evolution and Use
European Research Council (ERC-STG 714033 MEDEA-CHART)
The main purpose of the present project is to solve a series of crucial questions which have eluded the historians of Cartography for a very long time, pertaining the birth, technical evolution and use of nautical charts during the Middle Ages and early modern period. This goal is to be accomplished using innovative interdisciplinary techniques – cartometric analysis, numerical modeling and the multispectral analysis – which will complement the traditional methods of historical research. With the introduction of such techniques we aim, not only to solve long-standing problems, but also to change the discipline in a profound way, by opening new and exciting opportunities for research.