In July 1799 a group of French soldiers stumbled upon a stone that set to change our understanding of the ancient world.
The iconic Rosetta Stone, a stela or inscribed slab, was dug up in the foundations of a fort in the town of Rashid a port city east of Alexandria. This discovery provided the key to decoding hieroglyphs, and allowing us to read the ancient Egyptian script.
In this episode of The Ancients, Tristan interviews Dr Ilona Regulski, curator at the British Museum’s new exhibition 'Hieroglyphs Unlocking Ancient Egypt'. Looking at the hieroglyph script and how it was deciphered, alongside key figures in the race to decipherment, such as Jean-Francois Champollion, Thomas Young, William Banks it's an event not to be missed. 2022 marks 200 years since this famous and significant linguistic breakthrough - so what have we learnt in this century?
If you want to find out more about the exhibition click here: https://www.britishmuseum.org/exhibitions/hieroglyphs-unlocking-ancient-egypt?gclid=Cj0[…]L_5Yn8vOaYEdKDmCGW6_SQo9UMZqsHuriJctr1WMm5z8kaAl-dEALw_wcB
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