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The enigma of a priceless Bronze Age disc seems to have been solved by a Hamburg scientist who has identified it as one of the world's first astronomical clocks. The 3,600-year-old Sky Disc of Nebra, which surfaced four years ago when German grave robbers tried to sell it on the international market, shows that Bronze Age man had a sophisticated sense of time. The bronze disc is about 30cm in diameter, has a blue-green patina and is inlaid with a gold sun, moon and 32 stars.

Nebra Sky Disk (also known as the Nebra Sun Disk) of Germany emerged into public knowledge in about the year The disk is thought to have been fabricated ago. It shows the stars of the Pleiades as they appeared at that time.

Mysterious: The Nebra Sky Disk, which dates back to the early Bronze Age and is thought to have been an astronomical instrument. The State Museum of Prehistory in Halle, Germany

Proof that women have ALWAYS loved jewellery: Skull from 1550BC goes on display with elaborate bronze headband

The female skeleton, discovered in Germany and believed to date back to the Middle Bronze Age, was adorned with a headband made up of tiny bronze spirals.

From UNESCO’s ‘Memory of the World’, the Nebra Sky Disc.

The Nebra sky disk, first thought to be a forgery, is now considered as on of the most important archaeological findings in the century.

The Nebra Sky Disk of Germany (c. 1600 BC) said to be the oldest star map in the world. what are the extra crescents beside the moon and sun?

The Nebra Sky Disk of Germany (c. 1600 BC) said to be the oldest star map in the world. what are the extra crescents beside the moon and sun?

Vessel lid with bulls head  			Western Central Asia, late 3rd-early 2nd millenium B.C.   Shumei Culture Foundation, Otsu, Shiga

Vessel lid with bulls head Western Central Asia, late millenium B.

NEBRA STAR DISK - 1700BC BRONZE AGE - EUROPE.

The Sky Disc was discovered in Germany in Experts believe the Nebra Sky Disc was a calculator to help Bronze Age people predict the best times for sowing and harvesting in spring and autumn from the Middle Bronze BC

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Prehistoric Flint (left) and Copper (right) Knives - The earliest examples of copper daggers date all the way back to the 3rd millennium BC. Flint stone knives were useful in the Stone Age not just because they could be sharp cutting tools, but because struck flint can be used to start fires.

Two Blades: Flint and Copper from the grave of the 'Amesbury Archer'…

This is the extraordinary story of how a small metal disc is rewriting the epic saga of how civilisation first came to Europe, 3600 years ago.  When grave robbers ransacked a Bronze Age tomb in G...

This is the extraordinary story of how a small metal disc is rewriting the epic saga of how civilisation first came to Europe, 3600 years ago. When grave robbers ransacked a Bronze Age tomb in G...

Nebra Map-Ancient disk/jewelry discovered. Believed to be the layout of Ring of Brodgar

Believed to be the layout of Ring of Brodgar

The Nebra Sky Disc

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The Nebra Sky Disc is a bronze disc which, according to UNESCO, features "the oldest concrete depiction of cosmic phenomena worldwide. The disc is such an extraordinary

Die Himmelsscheibe von Nebra

Die Himmelsscheibe von Nebra

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