the first maps were carved into clay tablets or animal bones. later people used papyrus or parchment but duplication still remained a tedious work. map making or in other words cathography was an important profession in the history of mankind. modern printing technique opened up entirely new possiblities. the most popluar themes of maps are the earth and its continents as well as the starlit sky and the orb. the below categories make it easier to search for a specific topic. the classical map has been replaced by its eletronical successor. but this in no way detracts from its fascination. today maps are a well liked design object for modern wall decoration.