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    Re: Tracking down a reference
    From: John Huth
    Date: 2009 Aug 26, 11:16 -0400
    Many thanks!   This is very helpful.

    No good deed goes unpunished, and I'm looking for more references.   These pertain to birds.

    It has been said that Irish monks who settled Iceland followed the paths of migrating birds.   I know that the golden plover has annual migrations to/from Ireland and Iceland.    Is there any information about birds and the medieval travels of monks to Ireland?    This could just be one of those speculations that one finds, but if there's something more solid, I'd be interested in a reference.

    The other question pertains to the use of ravens by the Norse to help find land.   Again, this is the kind of lore one reads in popular literature, but I always find that hard references are difficult to come by.

    Thanks for any help!

    On Tue, Aug 25, 2009 at 2:37 PM, George Huxtable <george@hux.me.uk> wrote:
    John, "Apache Runner", wrote

    "I'm trying to obtain some papers that dispute the common citations on the
    Viking "sun compass".

    In particular in the archives, Dr. Koberer cites an article by Eva Taylor
    and William May in Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Vol 7 (1954),
    78-81.     I can't find this article, and the Journal has an online table of
    contents.   I cannot find Eva Taylor in the archives, and 1954 corresponds
    to Volume 4, not Vol 7 (which corresponds to 1960, roughly).   Any help?"

    I think perhaps John is looking into the wrong Journal: the US journal
    "Navigation", rather than the British "Journal of Navigation", of the Royal
    Institute of Navigation, where he will find it.

    But to save him the trouble, I attach a copy of those pages. Please note, if
    making any further use of those pages, that they are copyright to the RIN,
    who are rather broadminded about such matters.

    If he has any further interest, he might like to know of an article about
    this device (if device it is, which I doubt) in the latest Bulletin (No 101)
    of the Scientific Instrument Society, pages 39 - 43, "The Viking Sun
    Compass", by Mike Cowham, who is clearly a devotee of the instrument theory.


    contact George Huxtable, at  george@hux.me.uk
    or at +44 1865 820222 (from UK, 01865 820222)
    or at 1 Sandy Lane, Southmoor, Abingdon, Oxon OX13 5HX, UK.

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