I have just stumbled upon the ESRI Mapping Center and, while I had been following their rss feed for a while, I didn’t know about the wealth of useful information that they have been putting together for creating attractive maps. A lot of the tips can be applied to other software packages too- not just ESRI.

I particularly like the article on historical maps, or how to create an authentic looking treasure map. The section on “Ask a Cartographer” also looks promising, although there aren’t many questions up there yet. ESRI are also reissuing Eduard Imhof’s book Cartographic Relief Presentation, which is a bit of a classic in the field of cartography, so watch that space carefully.

BTW, in a low-key way I’m celebrating because this is the 50th post on archaeogeek. For those that know me and my short attention span, this is quite an achievement!