Friday, April 13, 2012

Maritime Cornwall opens 2012 BC: Cornwall and the Sea in the Bronze Age exhibition

The Nebra Sky Disc, the oldest representation of the cosmos © Office for Heritage Management and Archaeology Saxony-Anhalt. Photo: Juraj Lipták

The National Maritime Museum Cornwall will display the 4500-year-old Nebra Sky Disc for the first time in its new exhibition, 2012 BC: Cornwall and the Sea in the Bronze Age.

A single bronze disc decorated with gold symbols that represent the sun, moon, stars and a boat, the Nebra Sky Disc is the world's oldest representation of the cosmos.

It reveals a prehistoric view of the world that before its discovery had never been known to exist, and has single-handedly reformed our understanding of ancient European history.

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