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Stars
The creator of the Sky disc distributed 32 golden stars on his work of art. Seven of the golden dots clearly stand out against the otherwise loose scattering: the Pleiades. These so-called “Seven Sisters” mark important dates in the farming calen
Horizon acrs
Horizon acrs
A horizon arc was added on the right and left side of the Sky Disc at a later point in time. These arcs mark the points of the sunrise and sunset in the course of a year. The ends of the horizon arcs mark the turning points of the sun.
Full moon or sun?
Full moon or sun?
The large golden circle can symbolise the full moon as well as the sun. In the autumn and in the spring it symbolises the moon standing by the Pleiades.
The intercalary rule
The intercalary rule
The sensation of the Sky Disc is the encrypted intercalary rule on it. This makes it possible to harmonise the solar year (365 days) and the lunar year (354 days). An initial written record of this rule is only found 1,000 years later in Babylon.
Distant and displaced stars
Distant and displaced stars
Two stars were superimposed and another displaced during the mounting of horizon arcs at a later point in time. The knowledge of the intercalary rule and the number 32 essential for this was either lost or had become irrelevant.
Astronomy
The complexity of the astronomical knowledge depicted on the Sky Disc amazed experts. Up until the decryption of the disc it was merely attributed to advanced civilisations such as Egypt or Babylon – but not in Central Germany.

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