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HEAS Keynote Lecture

25. November 2022 @ 17:30 - 19:00

Ernst Pernicka

The Sky Disc of Nebra: A window to the Bronze Age world in Europe and beyond.


We are looking forward to welcoming Prof. Dr. Ernst Pernicka from Curt-Engelhorn-Zentrum Archäometrie, Mannheim and Institut für Ur- und Frühgeschichte und Archäologie des Mittelalters, University of Tübingen,

Early in the year 2002 a sensational find was rescued from the antiques market. It consisted of several bronze objects from clandestine excavations. They were reported to derive from a hoard in central Germany including including a bronze disc of about 32 cm diameter on which the night sky is depicted with gold inlays. In addition, two swords with gold decorated hilts, two flanged axes, a chisel and two arm spirals, all made of bronze, belonged to the hoard. These accompanying finds date the hoard securely to the developed central European Early Bronze Age (phase A3) and therefore around 1600 BC. The find is so exceptional, because the “Sky Disc of Nebra” is the earliest astronomically identifiable representation of the night sky, which has considerable implications concerning archaeoastronomy, archaeometallurgy, the history of religion and archaeology. The scientific investigations centered around the question of authenticity, the provenance of the metals and their production technology. All these questions have been resolved and the results will be presented.

This lecture will take place in hybrid form on the 25th November 2022 from 17:30 to 19:00 in Hörsaal 2 at the UBB, our new building in 1030 Wien (Map).

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Ernst_Pernicka Poster


25. November 2022
17:30 - 19:00


Djerassiplatz 1
Vienna, 1030 Austria
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