World’s Oldest: Mariner’s Astrolabe found in Portuguese shipwreck off the coast of Oman! (c. 1495 ad)

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. 

World’s Oldest: Mariner’s Astrolabe found in Portuguese shipwreck off the coast of Oman! (c. 1495 ad)

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

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-mariners-astrolabe-found-shipwreck-near-oman-2-180966980/

Blue Water Recoveries

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World’s Oldest: Mariner’s Astrolabe found in Portuguese shipwreck off the coast of Oman! (c. 1495 ad)
World’s Oldest: Mariner’s Astrolabe found in Portuguese shipwreck off the coast of Oman! (c. 1495 ad)
World’s Oldest: Mariner’s Astrolabe found in Portuguese shipwreck off the coast of Oman! (c. 1495 ad)
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