Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Oldest astrologer's board: Croatian board sets world record
Croatia -- A research team has discovered
in Croatia, in a cave overlooking the Adriatic Sea,
a 2000 year-old board engraved with signs of the zodiac, which has been used by an ancient astrologer
- and which sets the new world record for the Oldest astrologer's board, according to World Record Academy (www.worldrecordacademy.com).
Photo: A research team has discovered the oldest astrologer's board, engraved with zodiac signs and used to determine a person's horoscope. One of the reconstructed ivory plaques shows Cancer the crab. It is almost completely preserved. Each plaque covers an arc 28 degrees, is 30 mm wide, 55 mm long on the outside and about 40 mm long on the inside. Photo Courtesy Staso Forenbaher (enlarge photo)
The Guinness world record for the remotest heavenly body visible with the naked eye is the Andromeda Galaxy in the constellation of Andromeda (mag. 3.47), known as Messier 31.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the Most distand object in the Universe, set by a galaxy so old that its light has taken 13.2 billion years to reach us. This means the galaxy as we see it today was formed less than 480 million years after the Big Bang, and earliest object to form in the Universe that we have yet seen.
The surviving portion of the board consists of 30 ivory fragments engraved with signs of the zodiac, LiveScience.com reported.
Researchers spent years digging them up and putting them back together. Inscribed in a Greco-Roman style, they include images of Cancer, Gemini and Pisces.
"What he would show the client would be where each planet is, where the sun is, where the moon is and what are the points on the zodiac that were rising and setting on the horizon at the moment of birth," said Alexander Jones, a professor at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University.
Archaeologists are not certain how the board came to the cave or where it was originally made.
"It gets modified very much into what we think of as the Greek style of astrology, which is essentially the modern style of astrology," Jones said.
"The Greek style is the foundation of astrology that goes through the Middle Ages and into modern Europe, modern India (and) so on."
Radiocarbon dating shows that the ivory used to create the zodiac images dates back around 2,200 years ago, shortly before the appearance of this new form of astrology.
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Wednesday, January 18, 2012