News Display: Rosetta Stone Found
By: Education Program Gottesman Libraries
Published: 07/02/2018
Uploaded: 07/03/2018
Uploaded by: Education Program Gottesman Libraries
Pockets: News Displays, Gottesman Libraries Archive, Gottesman Libraries' Education Program
Tags: Ancient Egypt, British Museum, Civilization, hieroglyphics, Napoleon

Description/Abstract: News Display: Rosetta Stone Found, Thursday, 7/19

Rosetta Stone was a a black basalt slab inscribed with ancient writing found by Pierre Bouchard, one of Napolean's soldiers, some 35 miles north of Alexandria on July 19, 1799. The discovery revealed the value of hieroglyphics as a key to understanding ancient civilization and culture; identical in meaning was the decree written by priests in Greek, Egyptian hieroglyphics, and Egyptian demotic that honored Ptolemy V, king of Egypt.

The stone was transferred to the British Museum in London in 1802, following the defeat of Napolean Bonaparte by the British. Except for two years during World War I, when it was hidden in Holburn's underground railway station, the Rosetta Stone has resided in the British Museum.

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