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    Re: Viking sun compass artifact and Viking sun stones.
    From: Wolfgang K�berer
    Date: 2009 Jun 7, 18:23 +0200

    The Viking "sun compass" and their "sun stone" are 2 more myths that seem to
    be able to live forever.
    The Viking sun compass and especially the artifact found by Vebaek in
    Greenland, which Soren Thirslund claims as proof for the use of such an
    instrument in Viking navigation have been the subject of a prolonged
    discussion in the "Discovery list" ten years ago. It showed that the
    properties which Soren Thirslund claimed for the alleged "sun compass" just
    did not sqaure with the physical properties of the object itself. You should
    be able to find a compilation of the discussion on the net looking for "sun
    ray disk".
    The "sun compass" and the "sun stone" have also been dealt with extensively
    by Uwe Schnall in his "Navigation der Wikinger" (1975), in my opinion still
    the best treatment of the subject because he does not phantasize about what
    the vikings may have had and to what use strange objects may have been put
    by them but analyzes in detail the written documents, the sagas. And his
    conclusion may be disappointing, but it is convincing if you care to read
    his book: there is no indication that any of these "instruments" were ever
    used by the vikings at sea.
    But we've been through this before: see [NavList 3336]
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