Norse code: How Vikings used 'sunstones' to navigate while crossing the high seas through heavy fog and cloud from Norway to Greenland



They are mostly remembered for raping and pillaging. But their formidable navigation skills are also renowned.
Now a study has shown the Vikings came up with a highly effective solution for crossing the high seas on their longboats.
In the time before magnetic compasses, it was extremely hard to navigate by the sun when it disappeared behind heavy fog and cloud.
It is believed the Vikings’ solution was to create ‘sunstones’ which picked up polarised light to reveal the sun’s location.
A study has now found these fabled sunstones would in fact work with up to 100 per cent accuracy in the... read more

 
4 April 2018 in Science &Technology, Views: 48
Source: Daily Mail
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