Gold fever

21.10.2019 in Featured
Researchers solve mystery surrounding the Nebra Sky Disk – with a precious metal playing a decisive role in more than just the famous Bronze Age discovery.
Landesarchäologe Harald Meller (links) und Geologe Gregor Borg mit der Himmelsscheibe von Nebra
Landesarchäologe Harald Meller (links) und Geologe Gregor Borg mit der Himmelsscheibe von Nebra (Foto: Maike Glöckner)

The trail leads to Cornwall

Gregor Borg panning for gold in Cornwall
Gregor Borg panning for gold in Cornwall
(Foto: Nicolas Meyer)

The Nebra Sky Disk was discovered 20 years ago. Researchers from Halle have been studying the spectacular find – including its 32 grams of inlaid gold.  read more>>

Early networks

Archaeologist François Bertemes in the institute’s repository
Archaeologist François Bertemes in the institute’s repository
(Foto: Maike Glöckner)

For eight years, Professor François Bertemes coordinated research on the context of Nebra Sky Disk. The discovery of the disk has prompted archaeologists to completely rethink their notions about life in the Early Bronze Age. read more >>

The tiny philosopher’s stone

Dietrich H. Nies – here in the lab with Lucy Bütof – has been researching a gold-forming bacterium for years.
Dietrich H. Nies – here in the lab with Lucy Bütof – has been researching a gold-forming bacterium for years.
(Foto: Maike Glöckner)

The bacterium C. metallidurans is most notable for its perseverance, thriving in areas contaminated with heavy metals. It has attracted the attention of a research group in Halle, led by Professor Dietrich H. Nies, but for an entirely different reason: it produces microscopic gold nuggets. read more>>

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