The findspot of the Sky Disc

The findspot of the Sky Disc is located about three kilometres from the Nebra Ark Visitor Centre on the Mittelberg plateau. There, a 30 m high tower inclined by 10° in the north-south axis is directed towards the findspot – like the pointer of a huge sundial. A vertical cut divides the structure and marks the visual axis to the Harz Massif with the Brocken Mountain. Still today the sunset behind this distinctive landmark can be observed on the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. That way, the Sky Disc could probably be oriented to true north already 3,600 years ago and used as a solar calendar. From the viewing tower, the Bronze Age sky observations can be relived above the present canopy of trees.

The hill plateau is surrounded by an Iron Age circular enclosure and bounded by two cross-banks. The circular enclosure is partially restored and modelled by a grassed earthen bank. The visual relationships that can be established from the viewing tower are picked up by bands of concrete in the ground which help to direct the eye to the corresponding points. A "Celestial Eye" marks the findspot itself. It connects the sky and the earth precisely at the point where for 3,600 years the image of the sky – the Sky Disc – lay hidden in the ground. The slightly convex disc made of polished stainless steel serves as a celestial mirror and creates a subtle connection between the sky and the findspot.