Nebra sky disc: Its age could be off by a millennium, recent study says

In fact, the Nebra sky disc’s sordid history reads like a Dan Brown novel, involving looters, court hearings, conflict between archaeologists and even allegations of revenge.

The sky disc was reportedly unearthed in 1999 near the town of Nebra, Germany, by looters who sold it to black-market dealers. It was recovered by law enforcement several years later, and the looters were prosecuted in court. Today, it’s exhibited in the State Museum of Prehistory in Halle.

But there were inconsistencies in the looters’ stories about how they acquired the artifact. And experts continue to debate the exact origins and history of the disc, which is widely considered to be from the Bronze Age, about 3,600 years ago.
Now, the saga continues as a new analysis has suggested the Nebra sky disc could be about 1,000 years younger than previously thought.
Based on analysis of the soil attached to the disc and
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Nebra sky disk’s age disputed

The looters, making an illegal excavation, reportedly found the disk buried along with a cache of Bronze Age weapons thought to be about 3,600 years old.

Although its authenticity was initially disputed by archaeologists, the study’s authors don’t think it is a fake. But they do dispute the conditions of its supposed discovery, suggesting instead that it was discovered elsewhere and moved to Nebra in an attempt to help the looters keep their site a secret.

The researchers believe its iconography points to an Iron Age origin, which would make it about 2,600 years old.

The Nebra disk gained worldwide fame when it was first unveiled in 2002. It was included in UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register, a list of the world’s most treasured cultural artifacts, and its image was even trademarked by Saxony-Anhalt, the German state in which it was found.

The new study is already generating its

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