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Sunstone Found In British Shipwreck Confirms Ancient Viking Navigation
2013-03-07 08:31:52

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In the series premiere of the History Channel´s new saga ℠Vikings,´ we find the main character, Ragnar Longbrok, demonstrating how a sunstone can help him navigate. This mysterious, often deemed magical, crystal has purportedly also been able to help actual ancient Viking sea goers find their way for centuries, even on the cloudiest of days. But there has long been doubt cast that these archaic tools actually...

2010-11-18 07:37:59

Vikings may be responsible for bringing the first Native American to Europe via Iceland more than a thousand years ago, Spanish and Icelandic researchers suggest in a new study. The findings may confirm long-accepted theories, based on Icelandic medieval texts and a Viking settlement in Newfoundland in Canada, that Vikings reached the Americas several centuries before Christopher Columbus did in 1492. The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) said genetic analysis of about 80 people from...

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