Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Did Your Folks Come From "Sow's Wallow" in "Germania"?

For my map-loving friends (and especially for those with German/Central European roots): 

The German publication Der Spiegel reveals the secrets hidden in Ptolemy the Cartographer's second century map of "Germania" here. A team of Berlin researchers broke the map's code and discovered some amazing things.  It appears that some Germanic settlements are very much older than they were thought to be. 

Perhaps your ancestors lived in Fürstenwalde back when it was called "Susudata", a word that roughly translates as "Sow's Wallow" - which was no doubt the early central European equivalent of "Dogpatch". It's a fascinating article.  And in English, too!

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