Maps in the News: Jerusalem
Jerusalem is once again in the international spotlight. Ball State University Libraries’ GIS Research and Map Collection on the second floor of Bracken Library contains over 140,000 maps and other geographic resources, including dozens of maps of the city of Jerusalem.
The National Geographic Society in 2008 published a map called Crucible of History: The Eastern Mediterranean which features a map of Jerusalem’s holy ground on the verso. The map includes historical notes and a timeline, a map of the Old City of Jerusalem, and colorful illustrations of temples and domes.
The Central Intelligence Agency published a map in 2006 of Greater Jerusalem. This map shows settlements, refugee camps, fences, and walls. A chart on the map describes plans for new settlements.
Heart of the Middle East from 2002 is another map published by the National Geographic Society that features an inset map of Jerusalem. This map includes ancillary maps depicting conflicts in the region since 1948, religions, and oil and water on the verso.
The GRMC also includes several maps of the Old City of Jerusalem (shown). Some of the maps date back to when East Jerusalem was controlled by Jordan.
Archaeology of Jerusalem: First Temple, Second Temple, and Byzantine Periods is actually four maps included on one sheet. This map includes major archaeological remains that are visible today and a Diagram of Madaba map. Jerusalem: Pictorial Map and City Guide includes a map of the historic buildings of the city and line-art sketches of the actual architecture.
Maps from the GRMC circulate for two weeks or longer.
For more information about these maps or any of the cartographic resources, please contact the GRMC Monday through Friday at 765-285-1097.