The first portrayal of the cosmos challenged

The man always looked to the stars. Its fascination is ancient and has spawned much of universal mythology. It’s not surprising that at one point it came down to representing artistically. Archaeologists are looking for the oldest remains of these activities. The Nebra disk was considered to be the first representation of the cosmos. But despite its great historical value, this has now been called into question.

The first representation of the cosmos, the Nebra disk, was found along with various objects.
The first representation of the cosmos, the Nebra disk, was found along with various objects.
Younger than you thought

A new analysis of the famous Nebra sky disc now dates it to the Iron Age. What does that mean? That is younger than you thought for less than 1000 years. This makes previous astronomical interpretations superfluous.

The Nebra Sky Disc is one of the most important archaeological finds in Germany. It was included in the UNESCO register commemorating the world register in 2013. It was discovered during an illegal excavation in 1999 along with swords, axes and bracelets from the Bronze Age. This context of discovery was important to scientific dating. Why? It turns out that the disc itself, compared to other objects, could not be scientifically or archaeologically dated. An attempt was made to check the assignment to the presumed discovery site as the common origin of the objects.

Rupert Gebhard is director of the State Archaeological Collection in Munich. Rüdiger Krause is a professor at the Goethe University in Frankfurt. Both analyzed the circumstances of the discovery and the results of the investigation in the Nebra Sky Disc. This is reported by the Goethe University It’s a statement.

From the start, men stared at the stars in fascination.
From the first days men stared at the stars in fascination.
Foreign disk

What’s the conclusion? The disc detection authority is not the looted detection authority. There is no convincing evidence that swords, axes, and bracelets from the Bronze Age share a common provenance. For this reason, another possibility must be assumed. This is not a typical Bronze Age deposit. The disk that was believed to be the first representation of the cosmos was not at the original excavation site.

This means that the plate must be examined and evaluated as a single find. Culturally and stylistically, the sky disc cannot fit into the second millennium BC. Clear references to the world can be derived from the Iron Age motifs from the first millennium BC.

All conclusions should be discussed again and openly. The recording must be played in a different context than before. It doesn’t stop being a fascinating object. And it goes on to show that men looked to the sky from day one.

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