The Nebra Sky Disc & Falmouth 2012BC

 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!

6 comments for “The Nebra Sky Disc & Falmouth 2012BC

  1. April 21, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    It’s beautiful – and fascinating!

    • April 21, 2012 at 2:48 pm

      Yes it is, there is also a hammered gold necklace going on display hammered from one nugget of gold, perfectly decorated and incredibly thin.

  2. April 21, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Here are the contact details for Prof Borg. He might be prepared to send you some notes as he’s bound to have written about it before.

    http://www.petrology.de/mitarbeiter/prof_borg/?lang=en

    I doubt I will be able to get back to Falmouth for that date, and I’m very sorry about that. I bet the tickets are hot.

    • April 21, 2012 at 5:17 pm

      Many thanks for that link! 😛

  3. April 21, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Fascinating! The lecture sounds as if it will be really interesting.

  4. May 28, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    See also CELTIC FROM THE WEST, ed. Barry Cunliffe and John Koch (Oxford, 2010)on Bronze Age marine trade,
    and the new novel BENDING THE BOYNE, by J.S. Dunn (2011 — Details at http://www.facebook.com/BendingTheBoyne ), winner of the 2011 Next Generation Historical Fiction award ( US).

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