The Viking Sunstone used in Ancient Navigation – some good links


Image from Wikimedia Commons

I first saw at The Biblebelt Witch blog this post called Truth in Mythology in which she mentions the fabled Viking Sunstone navigation tool within the context of the point which she is making which is, to quote her: “First, why do people widely dispute Norse (among many other) mythology yet hold Abrahamic mythology to be true.”

In her post she has a link to a Wikipedia article on the Sunstone, and i followed two links there and found one on Sunstone – Medieval (and the picture above) and this excellent website by a real gemologist and world traveler who wrote about The Fabled Viking Sunstone, which also has some good links.

Now the fact is that i am what is called in America a “rock hound” and have spent my whole life picking up interesting pieces of rocks and fossils and buying some specimens here and there and gifting and being gifted by more stone and gemstone gifts than i can count or remember. I used to have a piece of Icelandic spar calcite, but gave it away to someone, but recently a good friend gave me a Large piece of translucent calcite that was gifted to her from an old co-worker who used to be a miner out west and he had found it and had it on his shelf for years. So i found this whole subject to be of great interest, and I may just have to try this technique of finding the sun on a cloudy day using the technique described in these articles. And we All know the Vikings discovered what is now called North America! Enjoy.