Giza coverstone

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Giza coverstone
Giza coverstone in 1928.jpg
The coverstone, as it was found in 1928 in the Giza archeological digging (Stargate).
Type Artifact
Owner Stargate Command
Out of Universe information
First appearance Stargate

The Giza coverstone is an artifact who was located in Giza, Egypt found by Professor Lanfgord and his team in 1928. Along with the Stargate, the coverstone was transported in the United States and stored inside the Cheyenne Mountain Complex.

Overview

The coverstone is composed of thirteen pieces forming a ring and a central round piece with a cartouche on it. Around the central stone is a warning written in Ancient Egyptian:

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Dr. Gary Meyers translated the cartouche using Budge's books:

time million sky Ra sun god
coffin forever to eternity
door to heaven

Yet in 1995, Daniel Jackson fixed the translation and found this:

A million years into the sky is Ra, sun god,
sealed and buried for all time
his Stargate

The cartouche is formed with six symbols inside it and a seventh one located at the bottom and part of it (Stargate)

History

Circa 3,000 BC, the Ancient Egyptians rebelled against Ra, buried the Stargate and put the coverstone as a warning, avoiding any incoming wormhole (Stargate, SG1: "Moebius", Part 2).

In 1928, Professor Langford's archeological team discovered the Giza coverstone (along with the Stargate). In 1939, all the material has been transfered from Egypt to the United States abord Achilles. It has been stored in the Cheyenne Mountain Complex where Professor Langford and Dr. Ernest Littlefield translated the cartouche and made experiments on the device. After Littlefield's accident in 1945, all the material, including the coverstone, has been stored inside an armory located at Washington D.C.. After 1969, Catherine Langford resumed her father's researchs and managed to transfer all the materials back inside the Cheyenne Mountain Complex. She hired Dr. Gary Meyers notably to translate the cartouche and try to find the secret behind the alien device (Stargate, Stargate: Continuum, SG1: "The Torment of Tantalus", "1969").

Evolution

Stargate (1995)

Daniel Jackson, who accepted Catherine Langford's job offer, arrives at the Cheyenne Mountain Complex and discovers the Giza coverstone inside a huge room. After the description of the writing on it told by Dr. Gary Meyers, Jackson fixes Meyer's translation on a black board to reveal the existence of a "Stargate".

Fifteen days later, Jackson explains his discovery and reveals the meaning of the symbols located in the central cartouche. They actually are constellations and are used to define a destination in the space.

Notes

  • There is an inconsistency on the datation of the coverstone. in Stargate, Col. Jack O'Neill states that it's 10,000 years old yet the rebellion against Ra took place around 3,000 BC according to Daniel Jackson. 10,000 years ago was the time when Ra took the body of a young Egyptian (Stargate, SG1: "Moebius").
  • The coverstone is only seen in the movie.