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High-tech Archaeology
Photograph by Kenneth Garrett

Christian Neelmeijer of the Research Center Rossendorf prepares to x-ray a band taken from one of the swords found with the sky disk to look for the gold composition. Studies conducted by the Institute of Archaeometry in Freiberg, Germany, suggest that the gold probably came from Transylvania. Further metallurgical tests of the copper present in the disk, swords, and tools showed that the metal came from the same source, most likely in the Austrian Alps.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F5
Film Type: Fujichrome 64T Type II
Lens: 17-35mm  f/2.8
Speed and F-Stop: 1/4 sec @ f/5.6
Weather Conditions: Indoors
Time of Day: Afternoon
Lighting Techniques: Tungsten lights


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