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May 4, 2012 12:52 PM by Associated Press (DS)

Teen Catches Map Error at the Metropolitan Museum Of Art

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut teenager says workers at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City didn't believe him when he pointed out an inaccuracy with a map on display showing the Byzantine Empire in the 6th century.

But 13-year-old Benjamin Lerman Coady of West Hartford knew he was right. The seventh-grader had just studied the empire in school before going to the museum last summer.

The Hartford Courant reports (http://cour.at/IGLyXi) museum officials acknowledged earlier this year that Benjamin was indeed right. The map was supposed to show the empire at its largest, but Spain and part of Africa were missing - just as Benjamin had said.

Museum officials invited him back and gave him a sneak preview of a new exhibit.

The museum's still working on fixing its map error.

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