"Major, Doctor," she begins hesitantly from her seat. She didn't know if what she was about to say would actually be viable, but it seemed logical to her, at least at the moment, and she needed to bounce the idea off of others before she could move on. "I know I'm really new to this project, so this is probably going to sound incredibly naive and may well be completely off the mark, but I'm starting to think we've been approaching this problem all wrong."
"As near as the linguists have been able to translate, the Ancients put 'transportation' - the ring transporters and a Stargate and 'communication' devices - the Icehenge and possible the Stargate as well. And they did this 50,000 years ago, or so. I seem to recall Atlantis and the earth beta gates being dated in the millions of years, so this is a very recent piece of work."
"So this makes me think that this whole arrangement is something new that the Alterans were exploring, something that goes beyond but hopefully builds upon existing gate technology that we are already aware of. And likely something experimental that they didn't want all of Alteran society to know about."
With a shake of her head, she continues, not wanting to lose the momentum of her thoughts. "But anyway, they left this here to be found by intelligent life, so the question is, what did these Alterans consider to be intelligent life? We've been trying to read and translate what has been left here, but it is awfully narrow-minded to think that in order to be intelligent you had to be able to speak Alteran, or any one language. I think they would have picked a more universal language, something that should apply universe wide. We're just fortunate enough to actually be able to understand Alteran."
She looks over at von Braun with a sly smile, "I think they would have picked math and physics. Those rules should hold. You've already found some sort of sequence in the recently dialed addresses. Now all we have to do is prove that we are intelligent enough to figure out their puzzle and get off this rock."
Looking at the Major he face looks more troubled as she continues, "my concern is that if we want to get off this planet to a safe location, we're going to have to play the Alteran's game, at least for a while… which I would bet won't be a direct path leading to Earth. I'm not sure what "penalty" they may impose for failing their IQ test."
She looks between the two others in the room hesitantly, ready to be branded a lunatic and laughed out of the tent by either or both party, but this arrangement of puzzle pieces at least seemed to make some sense to her. The silence that followed made Sarah shift uncomfortably in her chair, though she tried to maintain her composure and not let on that she herself still had a number of questions about her theory.