If you’ve ever perused map and cartography related listings with antique dealers, you may have seen the term “cartifact” bandied about.
The term “cartifact” is not word you will see defined in a dictionary (at least not yet). It’s a term that is mostly used in the antique and map collecting realm.
Cartifact is a portmanteau of two words: cartography and artifact. Artifact (or artefact in British English) is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary simply as “an object made by a human being.” Cartefact blends the “cart” in cartography with “artifact” to produce “cartifact.”
Therefore, a cartifact is an object containing a map that is used primarily for design rather than as a source of information.
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