Thursday, 10 September 2015

Nebra Sky Disk: The World's Oldest Star Map

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In 1999, three grave robbers were combing through a forest near Nebra, south-west of Berlin, Germany, using metal detectors when they stumbled upon an extraordinary treasure. The robbers had unearthed a shiny bronze disk with gold inlays. What they didn't know was this precious disk is also one of the most significant archaeological finds of the century.

The grave robbers had found what is now called the 'Nebra Sky Disk.' It's embossed with gold leaf symbols which appear to represent a crescent moon, the sun (or perhaps a full moon), and stars, including a cluster that is interpreted as the Pleiades.

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