For those of you lacking the background on the Nebra Disc, please look at the BBC report, Secrets of the Star Disc, at http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/horizon/2004/stardisctrans.shtml
I deciphered this disc upon its initial presentation to the public some years ago, concluding it depicted a solar eclipse, which I thought then took place in 2340 BC. In the interim, I have conducted more research and revised the date of this solar eclipse, for the reasons given below, to April 16, 1699 BC, which fits better with the dating of the disc by the archaeologists (ca. 1700-1600 BC).
My entire decipherment has just been published in the German magazine Efodon Synesis, in issue number 2 of 2005, at pages 45-51. SEE http://www.efodon.de/
The full citation is Andis Kaulins, Die Himmelsscheibe von Nebra: Beweisführung und Deutung, Efodon Synesis, Vol. 12, Issue Nr. 68, March/April, Issue 2 of 2005, pp. 45-51. [Update: An English version was made and now appears at Scribd as The Sky Disc of Nebra : Evidence and Interpretation (English Version) DOC]
The main reason for my revision of the date was my discovery that three of the stars depicted on the disc were the planets Venus, Mars, and Mercury, which joined the Sun and the Moon at the Pleiades at the Solar Eclipse of April 16, 1699 BC (solar eclipse calculated using Starry Night Pro) in exactly the same positions as the stars marked between the sun and the moon on the disc. Their identity is clear.
This means that the stars to the left of the Sun mark Ursa Major, those to right mark Capricorn, those above the Pleiades mark Lupus and those below at the Solar Boat mark Eridanus. Hence, the stars on the Nebra Disc, excluding those marking Venus, Mars and Mercury, marked the Solstice and the Equinox positions in the stars at 1699 BC.
My article also resolves the question, previously unsolved, of the solar boat or sun ship on the disc. According to the ancient Latvian Dainas, the sun is transported by the solar boat at night, just as it was so also seen in ancient Egypt. However, the Sun on the Nebra Disc is not in the boat, which indicates that this is a "daytime" scene, during which the solar boat is beached, according to the Latvian Dainas. Since the stars are visible, the Nebra Disc can thus only represent a solar eclipse, when day has turned to night, when the Sun is in fact visible, but is not in its solar boat.
The German article has 60 footnotes, 3 photos and 3 illustrations. When I find the time to do so, I will try to put out a version in English, presuming also that an English publisher can be found who is interested in this material. [Update: An English version was made and now appears at Scribd as The Sky Disc of Nebra : Evidence and Interpretation (English Version) DOC]
As you may or may not know, a rather foolish and desperate attempt has been made recently in Germany to mark the disc as a fake, which it is not by any means. See the English version of the FAZ, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, at http://tinyurl.com/7xtd6 viz.
and the article (in English) The heavens are captured on a disc: A trial to determine whether the Nebra find is authentic, 25. März 2005 by Reiner Burger, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.