British Museum to display the world’s oldest map of stars

LONDON (AP) – The British Museum will display what it said is the world’s oldest surviving map of the stars in a major upcoming exhibition on the Stonehenge stone circle.

The 3,600-year-old ‘Nebra Sky Disc’, first discovered in Germany in 1999, is one of the oldest surviving representations of the cosmos in the world and has never before been displayed in the United Kingdom (UK), the London museum said on Monday.

The 30 centimetre bronze disc features a blue-green patina and is decorated with inlaid gold symbols thought to represent the sun, the moon and constellations.

The ‘World of Stonehenge’ exhibition planned for next year will be the first time the disc has been loaned out from Germany for 15 years.

The UK is only the fourth country the disc has travelled to after it was discovered buried in the ground in eastern Germany.

The Nebra Sky Disc. PHOTO: AP