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Google Street View am Himmelsscheibenfundort / 31.07.2012

Die Arche Nebra wurde als interessanter Ort und Sehenswürdigkeit für die sogenannte Google Street View "Special Collection" in Deutschland ausgewählt.
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Himmelsscheibe von Nebra war nur kurz in Gebrauch

Gerade einmal 100 Jahre war die Himmelsscheibe von Nebra in Benutzung - und den groben Teil davon auch nur als bronzezeitliche Dekoration. Das glauben Archäologen nach neuen Untersuchungen in einer österreichischen Bergbauregion.
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Nebra sky disk discarded because of volcanic ash

A catastrophic volcanic eruption spewing huge clouds of ash about 3,600 years ago was behind the burial of the Nebra sky disk, one of the most spectacular archaeological finds in recent years, according to scientists at Mainz and Halle-Wittenberg universities in Germany.
The 3,600-year-old disk, discovered in 1999 near the town of Nebra in the eastern German state of Saxony-Anhalt, is the oldest known representation of the night sky. It is thought by some to have been used as an astronomical clock to determine when to add a thirteenth month synchronising the lunar calendar with the solar year.
The disk would be held against the sky, and when the position of the celestial objects matched those on the disk, the intercalary month would be added. Scientists said the disk became worthless after the eruption on the Mediterranean island of Thera - north of Crete and also known as Santorini - which ejected ash that obscured the sky all the way to Central Europe for 20 to 25 years.

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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.

"Its the find of a lifetime. Indeed, the find of several lifetimes" - Professor Miranda Aldhouse-Green, University of Wales.

When grave robbers ransacked a Bronze Age tomb in Germany, they had no idea that they had unearthed the find of a lifetime. But they knew that it was worth selling. 



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The Nebra Sky Disc brought briefly to life by Simon Verhoef..clip from a film currently in progress.

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Archaeologists have revived the debate over whether a spectacular Bronze Age disc from Germany is one of the earliest known calendars.
The Nebra disc is emblazoned with symbols of the Sun, Moon and stars and said by some to be 3,600 years old.
Writing in the journal Antiquity, a team casts doubt on the idea the disc was used by ancient astronomers as a precision tool for observing the sky.
They instead argue that the disc was used for shamanistic rituals.

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Sky disc of Nebra shines in Basel
The oldest representation of the cosmos ? the sky disc of Nebra ? has gone on show in Basel's history museum.
Basel has a special place in the disc's history. It was here that police seized the disc after it was stolen from its place of origin in Germany.

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