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The Rosetta Stone - What Is It?

Updated: May 18

So the Rosetta Stone is just a big old rock with scribbles on it right?


Let us tell you why this is one of the most important discoveries of all time:

The Rosetta Stone:

What is it?

A stele (fancy Latin, it means ‘stone’) inscribed with a decree written in both Egyptian hieroglyphs and Ancient Greek.

Why is that important?

It enabled Egyptologists to understand hieroglyphs for the first time.

Who found it?

The French soldier Pierre-François Bouchard in 1799, during Napoleon’s campaign in Egypt.

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