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    Re: Viking sun compass artifact and Viking sun stones.
    From: Hewitt Schlereth
    Date: 2009 Jun 7, 14:07 -0400

    Wolfgang -
    
    You know, not everything may get written down. For instance in reading
    the Eirik Saga and Greenlander Saga, I was struck by the lack of any
    mention of icebergs.
    
    I understand that there was a warm period during the years the Norse
    voyaged to and settled in Greenland and Newfoundland.  Still...
    
    I also should add that these two are the only sagas I've read - the
    Penguin edition with an introduction longer than the two sagas
    combined. Icebergs may appear in others. I'd be interested to know.
    
    -Hewitt
    
    On 6/7/09, Wolfgang K�berer  wrote:
    >
    >  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]
    >
    >
    >  Wolfgang
    >
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