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The Sundial in Tinganes


This is the famous Sundial in Tinganes, said to be from the viking age. It has always been called the Sundial, but not so many years ago, historics found that it wasn’t a sundial but a compass rose
In the photo Oyvør is trying to find the time, and we thought it worked just fine and showed us 6.45 pm.
The compass rose is divided into 32 parts with a cross in the middle, and the round-shaped thingy is pointing north. It probably dates from 1569, which is carved right beside where the indicator for south is. Compass roses very much like this one have been found in Norway, Sweden and Finland.

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