Bronze disk dated by Archaeological association to c. 1600 BCE. The disk of around 30 centimeters diameter and a weight of about 2 kilograms, having a blue-green patina and inlaid with gold symbols.

Nebra Ark visitor center / Image: via holzerkobler.com

The symbols are interpreted generally as the Sun or full moon, a lunar crescent, and stars. Two golden arcs along the sides, interpreted to mark the angle between the solstices, were added later. A final addition was another arc at the bottom surrounded with multiple strokes of uncertain meaning.

The disk has been attributed to a site in present-day Germany near Nebra, Saxony-Anhalt, and is part of the permanent exhibition in the Halle State Museum of Prehistory


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Websites: himmelsscheibe-erleben.de, landesmuseum-vorgeschichte.de



 

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