Oldest known map of the stars coming to British Museum for Stonehenge show

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 (British Museum)
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The oldest known map of the stars is going on show at the British Museum as part for an exhibition about Stonehenge.

The Nebra Sky Disc is 3,600 years old and has never been seen in the UK before.

The 12-inch bronze disc features the sun, the moon and the stars picked out in gold and was dug out of the ground in Germany in 1999.


It is one of hundreds of objects that make up The World of Stonehenge, which runs from February 17 to July 17, including a 3,000-year-old Bronze Age gold pendant of the sun found by a detectorist in Shropshire in 2018.

Curator Neil Wilkin said: “The Nebra Sky Disc and the sun pendant are two of the most remarkable surviving objects from Bronze Age Europe. Both have only recently been unearthed, literally, after remaining hidden in the ground for over three millennia.

“We’re delighted that they will both be key pieces in our once-in-a-lifetime Stonehenge exhibition at the British Museum. While both were found hundreds of miles from Stonehenge, we’ll be using them to shine a light on the vast interconnected world that existed around the ancient monument, spanning Britain, Ireland and mainland Europe. It’s going to be eye-opening.”

The ancient stone circie of Stonehenge was built around 4,500 years ago and the exact nature of the site remains a mystery.

Earlier this year, campaigners went to court to prevent a road tunnel being built in the are which they said would detrimentally affect the world heritage site.

Tickets for the exhibition will go on sale in December. More details about the exhibition will be announced later this year.

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