Portuguese astrolabe from Vasco da Gama's ship is the oldest in the world

The naval instrument was rescued in 2016 from the Arabian Sea, off the coast of Oman, by British archaeologists

An astrolabe recovered from the site where a Portuguese boat shipwrecked during Vasco da Gama's second trip to India in 1502-1503 was classified today by Guinness World Records as the oldest astrolabe in the world.

Rescued by British archaeologists in 2016 from the bottom of the Arabian Sea, off the coast of Oman, the navigational instrument belonging to the ship 'Esmeralda', shipwrecked in 1503, has also been authenticated by researchers as the only solid-disk astrolabe with a verifiable origin and the only example decorated with a national symbol - the Portuguese coat of arms.

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