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It is well known that Viking explorers used the sun and stars to navigate across open seas, but what did they do when the sun and stars weren’t visible? For centuries legends have told of various tools that Vikings used to help navigate, among them the fabled Sunstone. Now, researchers believe they have finally found one of these stones.
Until recently, nothing was found among Viking artifacts that matched descriptions from the sagas. However, researchers now believe the mythical sunstone was a calcite-like crystal known as Iceland spar. After extensive tests, researchers now believe that this crystal can be used as an incredibly accurate navigational aid.
Fragments of Iceland spar were first found, or first recognized, in Icelandic Viking settlements only last year.
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Rerum Sapientia custos
Wisdom is the guardian of all things
Paradin, Claude: Devises heroïques (1557)
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Water rushing into a rushes into a subterranean parking garage in the Financial District. via Getty’s Andrew Burton.
From “Nosferatu the Vampyre” (1979)