Meredith F. Small
Anthropologist • Writer • Educator
Meredith Small is a best-selling author, award-winning anthropologist, Professor Emerita at Cornell University, and Visiting Scholar in the Department of Anthropology of the University of Pennsylvania.
Meredith’s latest published book, Here Begins the Dark Sea; Venice, a Medieval Monk, and the Creation of the Most Accurate Map of the World tells the story of Fra Mauro’s world map, completed in Venice in 1459 and now hangs in the Museo Correr in Piazza San Marco in Venice. This 7 foot in diameter map was the first world map to move away from religion and toward science, showed that the southern tip of Africa could be circumnavigated, and was an encyclopedia of human activity for its time.