From: LARRY KLAES (ljk4_at_msn.com)
Date: Sun Mar 25 2007 - 09:18:29 PDT
>From: "John M. McMahon" <mcmahon_at_LEMOYNE.EDU>
>Reply-To: History of Astronomy Discussion Group <HASTRO-L_at_LISTSERV.WVU.EDU>
>Subject: [HASTRO-L] Medieval astrolabe sold for record amount
>Date: Sun, 25 Mar 2007 11:32:23 -0400
>I don't think the item below was mentioned here on HASTRO-L. If so,
>apologies. It was posted on the Explorator e-newsletter, a weekly
>compendium of history and archaeological news (also available at
>"Science tool fetches record price"
>"An anonymous bidder has paid £138,000 for a rare 14th Century scientific
>instrument uncovered during building work in Kent.
>The astrolabe quadrant - dubbed the 'pocket calculator' of its age - was
>sold at Bonhams in London on Wednesday.
>Made in England in 1388, the device was used for telling the time, mapping
>the stars and taking measurements.
>It was found in Canterbury in 2005, and is said to be one of only eight
>examples in the world."
>More ... and a photo:
>JMM / LMC
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