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Viking Navigation

Thirslund, S?ren (Book - 2007)
Viking Navigation
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How was the Norse Navigator able to shape his course across the North Atlantic long before the invention of the magnetic compass? This book tells the story of the Viking Sun Compass and how it allowed the Vikings to sail across the Atlantic. In 1948, the Danish archaeologist C.L. Vebæk found the remains of a small wooden disc at the Viking Age site of Uunartoq in Greenland. Since then the Master mariners Carl V. Sver and Sen Thirslund have interpreted this find as a navigational instrument. This book is the essence of more than forty years of archaeological studies, discussions and practical sea-going experiments. The author gives a full account of the history of the find and demonstrates convincingly how Viking Age Navigators could make use of this and other simple devices in order to find their way across the vastness of the Northern Atlantic.
Authors: Thirslund, S?ren, 1919-
Title: Viking navigation
Publisher: Roskilde, [Denmark] : The Viking Ship Museum, c2007
Characteristics: 40 p. : ill. (some col.), maps, ports. ; 23 cm
Notes: Folded map tipped in at end of book
Contents: How to make a sun compass
Captain Carl V. S?lver's theory of the bearing-dial
Dr. Curt Roslund's theory of the bearing-dial
The investigations of the Danish Forensic Police
Further investigations and experiments
Position finding at sea
ISBN: 8785180386
9788785180384
Branch Call Number: VK17 .T45 2007
Statement of Responsibility: S?ren Thirslund
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 40)
Subject Headings: Navigation Equipment and supplies History Iceland spar Optical properties Navigation North Atlantic Ocean Viking ships Equipment and supplies
Topical Term: Navigation
Iceland spar
Navigation
Viking ships
LCCN: 2008423233
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