Discovered by metal detectorists in the Saxony Anhalt region in 1999, the Nebra Sky Disk has been dated to 1600 BC. It now resides in the State Museum of Prehistory in Halle, Germany.
The Nebra Sky Disk is a great example of how to reinvigorate poor regions like Saxony Anhalt – especially at a time when heritage is seen as a grey area in terms of infrastructure and asset management. The Sky Disk Visitor Center near Nebra, for example, would not have come into being if the artefact had not been discovered.
Prof. Dr. Harald Meller, Director of the State Office for Heritage Management and Archaeology Saxony-Anhalt, played a key role in bringing money into the region after the Sky Disk was discovered. Meller was also part of a sting operation after it was placed on the black market.