Skip to comments.Nebra sky disk discarded because of volcanic ash, scientists say By Aug 23, 2010, 15:49 GMT
Posted on 08/23/2010 4:41:32 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
A catastrophic volcanic eruption spewing huge clouds of ash about 3,600 years ago was behind the burial of the Nebra sky disk, one of the most spectacular archaeological finds in recent years, according to scientists at Mainz and Halle-Wittenberg universities in Germany.
The 3,600-year-old disk, discovered in 1999 near the town of Nebra in the eastern German state of Saxony-Anhalt, is the oldest known representation of the night sky. It is thought by some to have been used as an astronomical clock to determine when to add a thirteenth month synchronising the lunar calendar with the solar year.
The disk would be held against the sky, and when the position of the celestial objects matched those on the disk, the intercalary month would be added. Scientists said the disk became worthless after the eruption on the Mediterranean island of Thera -- north of Crete and also known as Santorini -- which ejected ash that obscured the sky all the way to Central Europe for 20 to 25 years.
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Close by, they found a rock inscribed with what appears to be very loud, horn-driven music...it’s called
(wait for it)
the Nebra Ska
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What can I say, the jokes sometimes write themselves and I am just a conduit...
I found the story nebralous.
Me-Bra sky disk discarded because of volcanic ash, scientists say By Aug 23, 2010, 15:49 GMT
Deutsche Presse-Agentur ^ | Monday, August 23, 2010 | Thomas Schoene
Posted on 8/23/10 4:41:32 PM by SunkenCiv
A catastrophic volcanic eruption spewing huge clouds of ash about 3,600 years ago was behind the burial of the Me-Bra sky disk, one of the most spectacular archaeological finds in recent years, according to scientists at Mainz and Halle-Wittenberg universities in Germany.
The 3,600-year-old disk, discovered in 1999 near the town of Me-Bra in the eastern German state of Saxony-Anhalt, is the oldest known representation of the night sky. It is thought by some to have been used as an astronomical clock to determine when to add a thirteenth Wunderbar month synchronising the lunar calendar with the solar year.
The Me-Bra disk would be held against the sky, and when the position of the two celestial objects matched those on the disk, the intercalary Wunderbar month would be added. Scientists said the Me-Bra disk became worthless after the eruption on the Mediterranean island of Thera — north of Crete and also known as Santorini — which ejected ash that obscured the sky all the way to Central Europe for 20 to 25 years, thus rendering any North Sea beach fraulein watching useless until the invention of the Wunderbar-Month-Bra 30 years later, shortened in the German vernacular to the “Wunderbra”.
Until I realized it was satire, I was about to lingerie at your throat. ;’)
Looks a little like Forrest, Forrest Gump’s invention (when he wiped off his face on that t-shirt).
Have a nice day!
I think it may be some kind of astronomical device. The "case" I found it in had the inscription: "When the moon is in the seventh house, and Jupiter aligns with Mars..."
Been pulling my HAIR out trying to figger it out!!!
I wonder how many people died of starvation across the world?
KINGSTON, R.I. August 23, 2006 An international team of scientists has found that the second largest volcanic eruption in human history, the massive Bronze Age eruption of Thera in Greece, was much larger and more widespread than previously believed.
maybe 40 years of wandering in the desert wasn’t so bad with all that ash in the air...
“the Mediterranean island of Thera — north of Crete and also known as Santorini”
The island is Thera, but the existing city is Santorini.
Yup...a bunch of other things were happening also. The plume from Thera only had to be 30,000 feet to be seen in Egypt..."staff by day, torch by night..", that sort of stuff.
BTW, Pinatubo was 26,000 feet high.
That appears to be a target that I used just once, about 40 years ago.
A bit of relativity?
“Santorini Eruption Much larger Than Originally Believed”
Charles Pelligrino wrote a book, “Unearthing Atlantis,” in around 1990 that effectively established that fact, but only as a supporting point; not as the main thesis.
That idea is not supported in the text of Genesis.
There is considerable temporal information in the chapter that is in full agreement with the 40 days.
Perhaps the 40 days became accepted as a general idiom for a long period because of that text?
Seems logical to me.
I was also interested in the mention of the 40 days system of calendar keeping. Maybe the reason they no longer used the disc was a different, or updated, system came into use and the ash cloud theory is only a theory.
It won’t be useful for another couple of centuries yet. :’)
Was Thera coincident with the Exodus?
(Or am I just being dense and missing a joke...)
Anyone know which stars are pictured on the disc?
roughly...but I wasn’t there so can’t be certain...
SunkenCiv and I quit arguing (without resolution) about this a couple years ago.
It was the object of veneration of a cargo cult that would worship it by watching it spin on a disk while in a drug induced trance. Often accompanied by sexual abandon.
All I've heard is the big objects look like the Sun and Moon or full Moon and Moon. The cluster might be the Pleiades. What the swish is is a good question. The Milky Way or a Solar or Lunar arc?
I guess Pleides too. Sirius should be there somewhere.
Maybe the swish is the Orian belt. I will look into this more.
Another link mentioned this was found within a circular wall that was used for astronomical observations. The semicircular region on the edge might be a paticular part of the wall, maybe toward the east.
The cluster of 7 stars could be the 7 sisters of the Pleidies.
To the left and upward of these looks like the W of Cassiopiea.
On the left edge you see a double star. This maybe the double star of the big dipper handle that is visible with acute naked eyes.
I don’t have guesses for the rest.
Well, like Freud said, sometimes a star is just a star, or something like that. :-))
Wait, I thought you conceded defeat. ;’)
New Ice-Core Evidence Challenges the 1620s age for the Santorini (Minoan) Eruption
Journal of Archaeological Science, Volume 25, Issue 3, March 1998, pp 279-289
13 July 1997 | Gregory A. Zielinski, Mark S. Germani
Posted on 07/29/2004 12:25:45 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
The island is indeed called Santorini — there is no town by that name on the island.
Nah. Waiting for more data.
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