Topic: Mythology/Norse mythology

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πŸ”— Sunstone (Medieval)

πŸ”— Physics πŸ”— Astronomy πŸ”— Geology πŸ”— Mythology πŸ”— Iceland πŸ”— Norse history and culture πŸ”— Mythology/Norse mythology

The sunstone (Icelandic: sΓ³larsteinn) is a type of mineral attested in several 13th–14th-century written sources in Iceland, one of which describes its use to locate the Sun in a completely overcast sky. Sunstones are also mentioned in the inventories of several churches and one monastery in 14th–15th-century Iceland and Germany.

A theory exists that the sunstone had polarizing attributes and was used as a navigational instrument by seafarers in the Viking Age. A stone found in 2002 off Alderney, in the wreck of a 16th-century warship, may lend evidence of the existence of sunstones as navigational devices.

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