Looking up from 3,600 years ago

Central Station | 20 Oct 2021

The British Museum will display the oldest known map of the cosmos in a major exhibition on the 4,500-year-old Stonehenge in southern England.

The 3,600-year-old Nebra Sky Disc, found in Germany in 1999, is a 30-centimeter bronze disc with inlaid gold symbols representing the sun, moon and constellations.

The World of Stonehenge exhibition from February 17 to July 17 will be the first time the disc dug up in eastern Germany has been loaned out by Germany for 15 years. Alongside it will be a 3,000-year-old sun pendant rated the most significant piece of Bronze Age gold found in Britain.

"The Nebra Sky Disc and the sun pendant are two of the most remarkable surviving objects from Bronze Age Europe," says curator Neil Wilkin.

"While both were found far from Stonehenge, they shine a light on the interconnected world that existed around the ancient monument."

The exhibition aims to share a wider history of the mythology and cosmology surrounding Stonehenge and will have hundreds of artefacts.

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