Object Description (First Draft)

The object is 4 inches in height, 1 inch in width, and 3/4 of an inch in length. The body of the object is cuboidal (rectangular and 3 dimensional) while the upper half, about 3 inches up, is funnel-shaped with a circular entrance (the rim) at the top that empties into the hollow inside of the body.

The object is small and light enough to be picked up with the hand, this scientist is sure that an infant would be able to pick up the object without exerting any effort. Although the object seems to be composed of glass, it is sturdy. If the cuboid was thrown with slight force against a carpeted floor it would be unlikely to shatter. In addition, the object is smooth to the touch, but grimy like a dirt stained window.

In terms of color, the object, at first glance is opaque, but upon closer inspection is slightly translucent, as light can shine through its evenly brown colored surfaces. There is also a small green and white mottled patch (bacteria or rust?) on part of the rim. Being as we have no idea what the patch is composed of, it is best to leave the object in a controlled, sterile, quarantined environment until we have run further tests. Whatever it is, it seems like a sign of disuse, could this object have been abandoned? And for how long? It must at least have been decades, if not centuries.

On the outside of the body there is an engraving. It is too precise to be the result of natural erosion processes or blunt trauma. My team has unanimously agreed that the engravings must have been purposely put there, possibly through some sort of mass manufacturing process. This civilization was advanced. While we have not been able to decode the exact meaning of the text, our linguistics department has made impressive strides in giving us a literal translation of each word of the cuboid: DR. THACHER’S LIVER AND BLOOD SYRUP. What could this mean? It seems obvious that Dr. Thacher is a proper noun, but is it the name of the being that owned the cuboid or the being that invented it? Or is it a geographical marker?

The interesting part of the phrase is the LIVER AND BLOOD SYRUP. Was the cuboid the container of bodily remains? Did they belong to Dr. Thatcher? Perhaps, however, there is a more disturbing thought that keeps this scientist awake at night. If the cuboid was indeed for the preservation of blood and liver (bile?) why was there a scrap of a hard foam-like substance trapped in the bottle? It seems to have be for the opening and closing of the cuboid. Possibly for the ease of imbibing the biological liquids held within the body. I fear I may be describing an object from a civilization of cannibals. Unlikely? I pray so. However, there is also no indication that the liver and blood possibly contained in the cuboid was not from animals, so we may be jumping to conclusions. But with what little information we have at this point, all we can do is speculate.

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