Hi Dave, hi all,
> The objects are pretty impressive, but don't really look like what
> one would expect from Germanic or Celtic art. Given that the below
> article does not bother to identify whom the archaeologists think is
> responsible for producing them, I was wondering if any out there has
> seen or heard of anything else.
That it looks neither Germanic nor Celtic is hardly surprising, as it
is dated to the early or at latest middle Bronze Age (even though this
is very problematic, as it came from an unlicenced and unreported metal
detectorist "looting", and was only later acquired from the Swiss
antiquities market), and as such predates anything that can seriously be
called either Celtic or German by at least several hundred, if not more
than thousand years, and predates the development of those art styles
that are most commonly associated with either of those two population
groups by at least a thousand years.
This is also the reason why no archaeologist has bothered to "identify"
the makers of the Sky disc in such terms as Celtic or German: it has
been made by Bronze Age people, for which we have no name that could be
seen as similar to Celtic or German (whether we think these to be ethnic
or another category of terms). As such "Bronze Age people" is the best
"identifier" we have available.
All the best,
Mag.Dr. Raimund KARL
University of Wales Bangor, Dept. of History and Welsh History
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