Originally posted by anon72
It just seems a little odd that no other devices such as these have been discovered or known about.
They didn't just have 1 device and even if they did, they wouldn't bury it with someone.
Unless they didn't need the device anymore.
Or, they were common enough that one could be buried.
But then if they were used for pryamid building, with so many being built, we should have discovered others. Or seen them or read about them previously-one would think.
The bizarre object pictured here was found in the tomb of an ancient Egyptian architect. For over 100 years, it has languished while archaeologists debated its function.
solar-center.stanford. folklore. symbolism
There is a common astrological, and now astronomical, symbol for the Sun. It's a circle with a dot in it. This particular image was once the alchemical symbol for gold, being "...the most perfect of the metals. For the alchemist, it represented the perfection of all matter on any level, including that of the mind, spirit, and soul." The symbol's association with both gold and the Sun evidently dates back as far as alchemy does. The article Gold and the Sun mentions that aurum the latin word for gold, is derived from the Greek name Aurora, the goddess of the dawn. So the color of gold was associated with the brilliance of the Sun since ancient times. Another site, Alchemy and Symbols, notes that "Only a few metals were known to the alchemists. They were, namely, gold, silver, iron, mercury, tin, copper and lead. Since they knew only seven planets [sic - should be 6 planets plus the Sun] and seven gods, they named these seven metals after the gods of the planets. These metals then, were known as the "Seven Metals of the Ancients." Gold, the noble metal, was named after Sol, the golden Sun whose symbol was the perfect sphere;..." and later, "The seven metals were each assigned a day in the week; thus, Sunday was gold (Sol)...". One site notes that "A dot or point in the center of a circle symbolizes the blending of male and female forces. Hindus call the midpoint in a circle the bindu - the spark of (masculine) life within the cosmic womb. However, how that relates to the Sun is not explained.
Originally posted by IntegratedInstigator
One thing that came to mind that I havent seen mentioned yet is regarding the three holes at the top. One side has two, the other has just one. The singular one is in the center, the two on the other side are equally spaced from the center.
Now imagine you were to stick a small peg in each hole, or a stick or piece of reed. This set up reminds me very much of a dovetail sight on a modern rifle. Perhaps the string was hung from the center, and the object you were looking at was sighted down the 'barrel' of this piece. You may be able to measure the elevations of stars or other celestial objects?
Just my two cents.