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The discovery site

The Sky Disc was found on Mittelberg hill near Nebra - in a region which has offered humans ideal living conditions for 500,000 years.

Extensive excavations have shown that the whole spur of the hill where the Sky Disc was found was probably marked off by two parallel ramparts at the time when the disc was buried. The findspot itself was surrounded by a low circular rampart, about 160 m in diameter, with a ditch in front of it. However, the few finds that have been made in this ditch-and-rampart construction indicate that it is about 1000 years later than the bronze hoard. No traces of bronze age settlement could be identified on the hill, so it is likely that the place where the treasure was deposited was an enclosed sanctuary.

By attaching the gold arcs representing the horizon onto the Sky Disc, the smith recorded not only the points where the sun rises and sets at the solstices, but also some features of the landscape which can be seen from Mittelberg hill: if, from this position, the Sky Disc is laid flat and turned so that the top of the disc is to the north, the upper end of the left-hand, western horizon arc points to the Brocken mountain, the highest peak of the Harz massif. It is precisely here that the sun sets on the 21st of June, the summer solstice.

Another striking elevation on the horizon is the Kyffhäuser Mountains with the peak Kulpenberg, where the sun is swallowed by the mountain on the 1st of May. This date is not encrypted on the Sky Disc, but it is known in other cultures as Beltaine, a Festival of Spring. Gaps in the palisade at Goseck also mark this date.