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Earliest Known Marine Navigation Tool Found aser scanning technology has engineering-related challenges, so to be The astrolabe is a bronze disc measur- believed to date from between 1495 and helped researchers to con? rm able to take our expertise and transfer ing 17.5cm in diameter and engraved 1500, and was recovered from the wreck that an artifact recovered from that to something totally different and so with the Portuguese coat of arms and the of a Portuguese explorer ship Esmeralda
Lthe wreck of a sunken 15th historically signi? cant was a really inter- personal emblem of Don Manuel I, the which was sunk by a storm in the Indian century ship in the Indian Ocean is the esting opportunity.” King of Portugal from 1495-1521. It is Ocean in 1503. earliest known marine navigation tool.
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