bunn (bunn) wrote,

Today I learned about the Nebra Sky disk

What a terrifically cool object, and what a strange story!  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nebra_sky_disk

Grrr at the metal detectorists who found a Bronze Age hoard of such importance, dug it up secretly (damaging the stuff with their spade) and sold it for cash, But hurray that it could be confirmed as from the Bronze Age,  (1600 BC!) and traced to the excavation location. 

I must have missed previous news stories about this, and oddly, I only came across it today because it was mentioned in a local Cornwall facebook group, because the original tin and gold used to make it in the first places came from Cornwall (and the copper came from Austria).  It's always interesting to see evidence of relatively long-distance trade in the very distant past. 
Tags: archaeology, cornwall, serendipity

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