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The Telltale Oars
Photograph by Kenneth Garrett

Tiny, feather-like oars along the edges of one gold band on the disk led archaeologists to suspect it's a religious symbol—adopted from ancient Egyptians—of a ship that carried the sun god safely through the night. The ship was attached when the disk was retooled for a second time, changing its meaning and use. Holes punched through the gold bands and the disk probably were used to affix it to a fabric or hide toward the end of its useful life, which could have spanned centuries.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F5
Film Type: Fujichrome 64T Type II
Lens: Nikkor 200mm f/4 Micro Nikkor
Speed and F-Stop: 1 second @ f/16
Weather Conditions: Indoors
Time of Day: Afternoon
Lighting Techniques: Tungsten lights


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