Rosetta Stone discovered

by Anonymous on Jul. 19th, 2009

The Rosetta Stone
The Rosetta StoneCourtesy Public domain
On this day (or a couple days ago depending on the source) the Rosetta Stone was discovered by the French in 1799 while doing construction work near the Egyptian port city of Rashid (Rosetta). The stone was carved with the same proclamation (a boring message about taxes and erecting statues) written in three different languages: Demotic, hieroglyphics, and classical Greek. The Ptolemaic era artifact was created in 196 BC and paved the way for archaeologists to begin deciphering the previously little-understood Egyptian language of hieroglyphics.

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