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The Nebra Sky Disk—an important Bronze Age find, marred by looters

Provenance, or provenience, is the most important aspect of any archaeological find. The relationship between an artifact with other artifacts, soil layers, and architectural remnants at a site allows researchers to more accurately determine dates and uses of these finds. The Nebra Sky Disk, a fascinating Bronze Age astronomical clock found in Germany by looters in 1999, was recovered two years later in a police-sting operation in Basel, Switzerland. The recovery led to the identity of the looters, who eventually led professionally archaeologists to the site of the find.


Dated to c. 1600 BC, Nebra Sky Disk is one of the most important archaeological finds of the 20th Century

By The Vintage News

July 24, 2016

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