The Nebra Sky Disc
Manufactured from gold and tin from Cornwall this astronomical clock dates back 3,600 years. Read more from Germany where it was found from here.
On 24th May at 7:30pm there will be a talk on this topic at the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth as follows:
Prof Gregor Borg, from Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, explores the fascinating story of the Nebra Sky Disc. Produced during the Bronze Age by metallurgists and astronomers from Cornish gold and tin which was traded across the sea to Europe, the Sky Disc is the world’s oldest astronomical map.
This is part of a 2012BC theme at the museum, running thoughout the summer. Included is the fascinating topic of Broze Age sewn boats and the trade from SW England, the Scilly Isles and Ireland with other parts of the wider world. I have been particularly interested in this topic since arriving to live in the Saintonge region of France where I have discovered some ancestry of my own. I cannot make it to Cornwall for these regular presentations but hope to visist the museum at some stage of the summer. I would be grateful if any who can attend would be so kind as to email me more information.
It is my growing belief that if Europe is to be salvaged from the disaster that is the EU we must look to a different blue print than that offered by the Roman Empire. Growing evidence of the widespread trade and prosperity that existed in Pre-Roman times could perhaps partly provide some guidance, in which case the maritime regions of Western Europe ( potentially providing a return to democratic “Western” values?) will have a crucial role to play!