FRANKFURT. The Nebra sky disk is one of Germany’s most considerable archaeological finds and was involved in the UNESCO Memory of the Entire world Sign up in 2013. It was learned in an unlawful excavation in 1999 jointly with Bronze Age swords, axes and bracelets according to the finders. This discovery context was crucial for the scientific dating, as the disk by itself could neither be scientifically nor archeologically dated by comparison with other objects. Many years of investigations by many exploration teams consequently attempted to validate equally the attribution to the supposed discovery website as very well as the typical origins of the objects impartial of the imprecise facts provided by the looters.

Rupert Gebhard, Director of the Munich Archäologischen Staatssammlung, and Rüdiger Krause Professor for Prehistory and Early European Record at Goethe University Frankfurt have now thoroughly analysed the discovery conditions and exploration outcomes on the Nebra sky disk. Their summary: The website that was viewed as the discovery website until finally now and which was investigated in subsequent excavations is with large probability not the discovery website of the looters. In addition, there is no convincing evidence that the Bronze Age swords, axes and bracelets form an ensemble of typical origins. For this cause, it ought to be assumed that this is not a usual Bronze Age deposit and that the disk was not identified jointly with the other objects in an authentic condition at the excavation website.

According to the archaeologists, this indicates that the disk ought to be investigated and evaluated as an particular person come across. Culturally and stylistically, the sky disk can not be fitted into the Early Bronze Age motif planet of the commencing of the second millennium B.C. On the opposite, clearer references can be made to the motif planet of the Iron Age of the 1st millennium B.C. According to Gebhard and Krause, on the foundation of a divergent facts scenario and on the foundation of this new assessment, all prior, at times much-reaching cultural-historical conclusions ought to be discussed anew and with an open intellect, and the disk ought to be interpreted and evaluated in various contexts than ahead of. The foundation for this ought to be the submission of all earlier unpublished facts and information.


More detailed facts can be identified on the site of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Ur- und Frühgeschichte (German Modern society for Prehistory and Early Record)

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