Nebra sky disk – One of the oldest depiction of the cosmos is being exhibited in Nebra

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 source

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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