Replica, The Rosetta Stone, British Museum

Country
England

Description
Replica Rosetta Stone. Black resin, with inscriptions in white. Ptolomy V Decree of 196BC. In Greek, Egyptian, Demotic and Hieroglyphics. Found at Rashid, 1799. Led to translation of other hieroglyphics. Booklet tells the story. Box for storage of stone.
Classification
CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY
CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY Egyptian replica
Measurements
L314 x W245
Media/Materials description
black resin
History and use
Found in July 1799, near the mouth of the Nile and the town of Rashid, the Rosetta Stone was found by French Soldiers while building a fort. Bouchard, the finder of the stone, observed that the stone contained three different versions of hte same text, each written in different script. As the last inscription was written in Greek, it allowed the Egyptian writing in heiroglyphs and cursive form to be deciphered, and the extensive writings of the Egyptian civilisation to be unlocked.
Registration number
H14531.1

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