University of Atlantia

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Early Norse Navigation Devices

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Instructor:
Birna Isleifsdottir


Instructor's Kingdom: Atlantia, Time Zone: EST
University Session:
UA93 June 11, 2016
Crs #:
412
Date:
Sat Jun 11
Time:
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Fee:
Length:
1 hr
Credits:
1
Attendees:
8/∞
Room:
12
Course Category:
Arts & Sciences
Track:
General
Description
The class will discuss the two tools, the sȯl-skuggafjöl and the sólarsteinn, that are historically noted in sagas and archaeological digs as well as the bearing dial, twilight board, and a more observational technique of polar mirages used by the early Norse sailors as they explored the North Atlantic waters. Examples of all devices will be shown and there will be a question/answer/touchy feely section at the end.