500-Year-Old Navigational Instrument

500-Year-Old Navigational Instrument

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After having sat buried in sand at the bottom of the sea off the Arabian Peninsula for over half a millennium, researchers have revealed what they believe to be one of the oldest navigational tools of its kind. The astonishingly rare mariner’s astrolabe would have once helped legendary Portuguese explorers navigate the treacherous trade route from Europe to the spice markets of India during the Age of Discovery.

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500-Year-Old Navigational Instrument

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