Nebra (official name: Nebra (Unstrut)) is a town in the district of Burgenlandkreis of Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. It is situated on the river Unstrut. Nebra has become nationally and internationally known as the site where the Nebra sky disc, a notable Bronze Age artifact, was discovered. The town has a population of around 3,300.
|• Mayor||Antje Scheschinski (Ind.)|
|• Total||25.42 km2 (9.81 sq mi)|
|Elevation||50 m (160 ft)|
|• Density||120/km2 (310/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
The town is perhaps most famous due to the Nebra sky disk, which was found in Wangen near Nebra in 1999. It only became public in 2002 when the finders tried to sell it and were eventually arrested following a sting operation in Basel, Switzerland. The sky disc is thought to have been created between 2100 and 1700 BCE and to have been buried in approximately 1600 BCE.
The oldest historical documents mentioning Nebra date back to 876. Town privileges were acquired in the 12th century.
Nebra Castle was built in 1540 by the von Nißmitz brothers.
For many centuries, red sandstone was mined in the region which was used for castles and farmhouses.
Between 1952 and 1994, Nebra was the seat of the Nebra municipality in Halle district.
The name of the town was changed on 1 January 1998, from Nebra to Nebra (Unstrut).
Nebra today features the Courths-Mahler archives and Arche Nebra, a museum on the history of the Nebra sky disk. The sky disc itself is exhibited at the Halle State Museum of Prehistory.
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