I had previously seen pictures of this, but not paid it much attention. I always thought it was a brooch, but reading up further on it, prompted by this article, I see it is 18 cm x 15 cm!

A beautiful piece of work!

Coincidentally I am currently reading 'Before The Pyramids' by Christopher Knight & Alan Butler, which is exploring the Thornborough Henges and the megalithic measurement system proposed by Alexander Thom. I had just today been thinking that if our ancestors did develop sophisticated astronomical measurement systems, then I'm sure that this would be reflected at some point by some sort of markings in wood, metal or stone, as these were some of their mediums.

Another beuatiful and mysterious piece of work by our forebears for us to wonder at and speculate over!

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Not sure that the ancients used degrees on a 360 degree scale.. or had enough precision to measure an angle at 27.32... or that they measured degrees using decimals.. just sayin'

We are the ones measuring the angles at 27.32. Carpenters and woodworkers in other cultures use a "story stick," not a yard stick or ruler. These people have done the same thing. We would not expect them to have written their directions in English either, anymore than the author would have written his story in some ancient language that no one speaks.

Hi, just a quick response to that last message. I think you'll find the 360 degree system was invented by the ancients, certainly used by the Egyptians who saw 360 as a magic number as it has so many factors. Everything for the Egyptians (and I presume earlier civilisations from whom the Egyptians learned these things) was on factors of 12 and 30 - hence we have 12 months in year, 30 days to each month (though this was messed up over time to fit the reality of a 365 day year), 60 seconds in a minute etc etc. We've inherited that 360 emphasis in our own civilisation. You are quite right though that they didn't used decimals or a 10-based numerical system. I'd be fascinated to know what 27.32 looks like in their pre-decimal system.

This is exactly correct. Earth is intelligently designed on a base 12 numeric system and a 60 or 360 grid matrix, which defines our geographic location, time, standards weights &amp; measures as well as distance which are all base 12 or 60. This guy explains everything, for the math gurus.

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