The A to Z Challenge is on! Hello and welcome to my Main blog. My name is Rose Anderson and I’m a romance novelist. Join me and more than 2279 bloggers and authors as we blog the alphabet throughout the month of April. My daily posts will be mostly history with some science topics here and there. I’ve chosen subjects that tickle my fancy, I hope you will find them interesting too.
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N for Nebra Sky Disk
People have lived in Europe a long time. Modern humans only hit the scene around 40,000+ years ago. They eventually absorbed those heavy-boned cousins on our family tree — the early peoples called Neanderthals (named for the Neander valley in Germany where their bones were first discovered). Such stone age peoples have lived across Europe for 300,000 years or longer. Like I said, a long time.
In that lengthy inhabitation early peoples left evidence behind. Sometimes this evidence is small like fire-baked rock from their hearths or stone chips from their tool making. Some things are grander, such as Lascaux and Chauvet Caves, and Stonehenge, Newgrange, Carnac, and other monolithic structures. Others come later like the Roman baths, aqueducts, and Hadrian’s Wall for example. Some things are stumbled upon like the body of English King Richard III, viking swords, and caches of Roman coins. These historical treasures, large and small, have value to mankind for they show us our past. Museums and universities buy them, study them, and put them safely on display that we might know ourselves. Sadly, there are unscrupulous collectors of artifacts and antiquities who, by the very nature of their wants and desires, have created a market for poachers, plunderers, potters, and grave robbers. Archeological sites around the world are destroyed and looted, their goods sold on the black market.
Today’s post begins just that way.
In 1999, two previously-convicted looters were out sweeping the forests of Germany with metal detectors. Just outside the town of Nebra they found a prehistoric enclosure on top of a hill. In it lay an unusual circular object along with a cache of bronze axes and swords. In their zeal to dig them out of the cache, the artifacts were damaged. These men tried to sell their loot on the international market in hopes of snagging the highest payout. Fortunately, German law considers relics state property. The looters were caught in a sting operation in Switzerland when an archaeologist posed as a private collector.
The site in the forest underwent legitimate inventory and is considered one of the most significant and exciting archaeological sites in Europe. What did they find? A 3,600 year-old sky disc — the oldest visual representation of the cosmos known to date. This complex astronomical clock from the Bronze Age is now called the Sky Disc of Nebra, and it just happened to be found near the Goseck Circle, Europe’s oldest observatory.
Here’s how it reads:
Is it legit? Science tests the metal.
In 2013, Germany submitted the Nebra Sky Disk for inclusion in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register .
Tomorrow ~ letter O
Last day for wild foods recipes on my satellite blog!
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The Authors in Bloom event highlights those things authors do outside the fiction. We garden, we cook, we craft etc. One of the more unusual things my husband and I have done was lead wild foods programs for Chicago’s Field Museum. For this event I’ll be sharing my recipes. Do stop by. You may have delicious ingredients waiting in your backyard!
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