Recently, a team of marine archaeologists led by David Mearns of Blue Water Recoveries, stumbled upon a helluva historical find!
In the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Oman, inside The Esmeralda, an old Portuguese shipwreck, they found the world’s oldest mariners astrolabe!
The Esmeralda was a Portuguese explorers ship which sank in 1503. It was apart of legendary explorer Vasco da Gama‘s fleet of 20 ships.
The mariners astrolabe on-board, which has been dubbed the “Oman Astrolabe” was made in 1495 ad, making it the earliest known example in the world.
The Oman Astrolabe is a bronze disc sporting the Portuguese coat of arms.
Mariners Astrolabe found in Oman
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