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Oldest observatory in Europe unearthed

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posted on Aug, 10 2003 @ 12:57 PM
For those of you interested in the latest archaeological news from around the world, the Explorator group is an excellent source of no-nonsense links:

This is one of the interesting links from this week's posting (take a look at the article and the very interesting Nebra Disc)

Archaeologists Unearth German Stonehenge

The 3,600-year-old bronze Nebra disc is considered the oldest-known image of the cosmos.

German experts on Thursday hailed Europe’s oldest astronomical observatory, discovered in Saxony-Anhalt last year, a “milestone in archaeological research” after the details of the sensational find were made public.

The sleepy town of Goseck, nestled in the district of Weissenfels in the eastern German state of Saxony-Anhalt shimmers under the brutal summer heat, as residents seek respite in the shade.

Nothing in this slumbering locale indicates that one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of all times was made here. But this is indeed exactly where archaeologists digging in the region last September stumbled upon what they believe is Europe’s oldest astronomical observatory ever unearthed.

On Thursday, German experts toasted the discovery as a "milestone in archaeological research" as details of the find were made public.

posted on Aug, 10 2003 @ 01:06 PM
I had heard that the disc was discovered by treasure hunters and a sting was set up when they went to sell it.


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