Figure 8 marked on bottom Unknown site, Egypt CULT Unknown Unknown Egypt An amulet was used throughout life for protection and good luck. They were also placed inside coffins to empower the deceased; each one had a symbolic meaning. This amulet is in the shape of a scarab. It represents the dung beetle that rolls its eggs over the ground. The Egyptians thought the movement was similar to the sun rolling over the sky. To them, the scarab represented rebirth, and was an incredibly important symbol linked to the afterlife. This is quite a large scarab that is mounted on a disc, possibly the sun disc, and is perforated four times.