When in fact, as humans have known for a very long time, at least since the time of ancient Greeks, that the earth is spherical (that people thought that the earth was flat at the time of Columbus is a myth).
Well, not exactly spherical, the earth is an oblate spheroid: a sphere slightly squashed at the poles, but it’s definitely not flat like a pancake.
These are: Pluto [250 years], Neptune [165 years], Uranus [84 years], Saturn [28 years] and Jupiter [12 years]." - Wiki Trivia - "In the 8th millennium BC, agriculture became widely practised in the Fertile Crescent and Anatolia. Decline of Indus and Saraswati Civilization - 2200-1900 BC; 6. Period of evolution of syncretic Hindu culture - 1400-250 BC [....] 8,000 B. - Bog Bodies - "Over the past centuries, remains of many hundreds of people - men, women, and children - have come to light during peat cutting activities in northwestern Europe, especially in Ireland, Great Britain, the Netherlands, northern Germany, and Denmark.
/ Cyprus - "[....] Cyprus, the third-largest island in the Mediterranean, is thought to have been first settled around 8,800 B. [....]" [Based on: article: (Cyprus Digs Reveal First Settlements May Be Older Than Thought) by Paul Tugwell - Last Updated: July 22, 2009 EDT] - Neptune-Pluto Conjunction - "There are five major planets with average cycles of motion relevant to the study of history. Development of Saraswati-Indus Civilization - 3000-2200 BC; 5.
[....]" - "Traditional date when the continent of Atlantis sank beneath the waves. and is perhaps the oldest continuously occupied city on Earth." 9,000 B. - Tools / North America - "The Wenachee site, dated to 11,000 B. and located in the Inner Columbia River Basin, presents evidence of a new assemblage of stone tools in the Americas at their earliest known horizon." [Links: 1 - # 5]), has been identified genetically in southeastern Turkey, according to a report in the journal Science. article (Fossils show ancient use of chili peppers [about 6,100 years ago]), p. Typologically, the language of Sumer resembles Chinese, which suggests an eastern origin.
There are several cave paintings, some as old as 12000 BCE, that might represent maps.
Maps became common by the time of the Babylonians who used accurate surveying techniques to draw them.
Later in antiquity, Greek and Roman authors enjoyed to write about the especial popular stellar group of the Pleiades, to which there already existed several mythological accounts.
For instance, the Pleiades group is depicted on the ancient Egyptian vizier Senmut's 3,500-years old star map - i.e.
these stars are placed on the map precisely as the location where the Pleiades are situated in the sky.