The builders of the pyramid complex in Egypt had a very good astronomer. We call him Senenmut (the Mother’s Brother, or the Uncle).
Today, our astronomers are so good that they build computer programs that plot Earth’s location in space calculating the planet’s movement while looking into the future and going back into the past. We can tell exactly what the sky and constellations looked like at any given point in time. I think Senenmut could do the same thing.
Statue of Senenmut (CC BY-SA 2.0)
As Above So Below
Egyptologist believe the 18th dynasty government official Senenmut died in disgrace. The tomb he built (TT No. 353, going down 60 meters with three finished levels and a fourth unfinished level) was never used for his burial and instead he was buried in TT No. 71, which has been completely destroyed. His astronomical ceiling was carved on the fourth unfinished level of TT No. 353.
Illustrated map of TT-353, built for Senenmut but not where he was etombed. (Courtesy author)
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