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Post Sunboard & Sunstone
I just started watching a new series titled "Vikings" on the History Channel here in the US. Mentioned and demonstrated were two navigation devices called a Sunboard (or Sun Board) and Sunstone. The first assisted Viking ships to row/sail due West and the second allowed the Viking sailor to find the sun on cloudy days. I realize that the 8th to the 11th centuries are outside the time period of the group and that Viking long ships were primarily galleys, but I wondered if anyone here had some first-hand knowledge of such devices or could point me to some literature on them.

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Tue Mar 05, 2013 12:51 am
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Post Re: Sunboard & Sunstone
http://news.discovery.com/earth/navigating-by-sunstone-and-a-sixth-sense.htm

this link comes up when "viking sunstone navigation" is googled. It should be a good start.


Tue Mar 05, 2013 8:37 am
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