Believe it or not, there is another rash of mainstream media articles on sunstones that do not mention the work of Leif Karlsen and his book
Secrets of the Viking Navigators––How the Vikings used their Amazing Sunstones and other Techniques to Cross the Open Ocean.
Therefore I am adding another link to the front of our blog that goes back to the post we made last year when the same thing occurred.
This was originally posted here in August last year.
Leif's book came out in early 2003, and he reported then the crystal find on an Elizabethan wreck that took place while his book was in final production phase in 2002. That was 11 years ago. Yet now all the media refer to this as a recent find, with an exciting new interpretation. All the stories are the same, so someone fed them the story and they repeated it, unchecked.
They even speculate now that it actually could be used for navigation! They really should read Leif's book, especially the sections on his own use of the sunstone navigating Viking replica vessels along known Viking routes.
... and they should get a lesson on the use of Internet search engines, or failing that, maybe call a library and ask for help from a librarian.
Maybe title of the book was not clear enough?