Stones to find the Sun

All can agree that the Vikings were very iconic – being still studied heavily and portrayed in modern times. They also had some parts of their culture that wavers between magic and maxim. One part of Viking history highly debated by Ancient Scandinavian experts is the use of the “Sunstone” or an object used to find the superimposed position of the sun even when it was severely obstructed from view. Although many sweep the stone under the rug

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( Credit: Reflections Journal: Viking Sunstone )

as a myth, other people like Danish Archaeologist Thorkild Ramskou, the Sunstone could actually be real. Studying minerals, Ranskou found that the mineral Iceland Spar (Cordierite) polarizes light and amplifies it to the human eye, making it easier to spot on a particularly cloudy day. Another fact for the nonbelievers, researchers have found a shipwreck near the Channel Islands and a crystal much like the Viking sunstone was found


(“Vikings” History Channel acclaimed season highlighting the life of legendary Viking leader Ragnar Lothbrook and his use of the sunstone to navigate to England.)

less than three feet away from the Elizabethan wreck. Researchers on the mission have no doubt in their minds that the crystal was aboard the ship, although they don’t know exactly why. Experiments have been carried out by many researchers on the validity of the use of the Sunstone. Some experts have narrowed down the accuracy of the stone by having horizontal black thick lines with a small gap between. If viewed from two different angles, the light should shine on one of the opposite black lines. From those two points. one would look to the sky to see their imaginary “meeting point” and that is where the sun would be lying at that moment. For this to work, however, the crystal would have to be very high-grade, therefore very clear and easy to see through. Although as of now, Archaeologists don’t know the actuality behind the stone, they are finding out more and more every day. Skol!