In many editions of Tanach I’ve seen there are often maps of the middle eastern area in attempt to explain the places where certain events occurred. (For example, the journeys of יעקב אבינו or stuff that like of יהושע פרק י׳)
How long have maps been used by Jews to help understand the geography of the Israel region? I’d assume in Talmudic times it was probably considerably easier to visualize the locations, but as people relocated in the exile it may have become more difficult.
A point to note, that rabbis like Rashi demonstrate accurate knowledge of the region, although never having been there. Perhaps there was a tradition of maps, or that the geographic knowledge itself is part of the oral tradition/Torah.