90 Miles From Tyranny : Incredible discovery of the oldest depiction of the universe almost lost to the black market

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Incredible discovery of the oldest depiction of the universe almost lost to the black market

The design on this disc might look like a six-year-old’s scribbles, but in reality, it’s one of the most sophisticated and influential artifacts of the Bronze Age.

And it might never have been discovered if not for a couple of illegal treasure hunters who dug it up and sold it on the black market.

Called the Nebra sky disc, named for the town where it was found in 1999, the artifact has been dated back to 1600 BC. It’s thought to have been forged during the European Bronze Age, a period between 3200 and 600 BC.

The disc’s discovery stunned archaeologists, who thought of the Bronze Age as brutal, uncivilized times of killing and little else — most artifacts we’ve found are swords and other weapons designed for battle.

The disc is about one foot across and weighs nearly five pounds. When it was first crafted, it would have shone a brilliant golden brown because the disc itself is made from bronze. But over time, the bronze corroded to green.

The symbols are made of gold and didn’t corrode. Although experts do not agree on what each symbol represents, for example the full circle could be the sun, full moon, or some type of eclipse, the overall message is clear that the symbols represent celestial objects.

This disc meant that the people of the Bronze Age were not an uncivilized culture that only crafted weapons for killing. Instead, the people who lived at this time had an intellectual understanding of the sky.

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1 comment:

  1. "...who thought of the Bronze Age as brutal, uncivilized times of killing and little else." Any time of man, seen through the right prism, can be seen as such. When you take a group of people who living in an ultra-controlled environment because they are terrified of the real world and consequences, and have them look at anything, fear is already there. If all of the history of man that existed in several thousand years was the history of Chicago, for example, we would be labeled the same. Especially by the people who are doing the observations. Even then, it would be incorrect.

    I don't buy into significance of these. Governments just prefer that they have access to the treasures of the past rather than anyone else having it. Well, and academia demands it's pieces of the pie. The Lord know how many trinkets archeologists have stolen for their own little, or massive, personal collections. Losers weepers, finders keepers.

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