The Digital Atlas of Innovations is a project of the Eurasia Department in cooperation with the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. The atlas is the first complete survey of the earliest evidence of key technologies in human history – like the invention of the wheel or the first use of ploughs in agriculture – presented in cartographic form.
It’s not just a handy visualization but also helps researchers identify what technologies and areas of knowledge were available in particular regions, which ones were connected and possibly drew upon each other. As technological developments directly influence social developments, the atlas also supplies relevant data on the social dimension of such processes and the question “Who benefits?”. How are innovative technological developments directed? What social groups are interested in the implementation of new technologies?
The Digital Atlas of Innovations is therefore an important tool in establishing and developing a social history of technology in the ancient world.