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Rosetta Stone deciphered by Jean-François Champollion

Rosetta Stone deciphered by Jean-François Champollion.

27 September, 1822

On 27th September 1822, Jean-François Champollion announced that he has deciphered the Rosetta Stone. The rock stele weighing 760 kgs has three types of inscriptions (starting from the top) – Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, Egyptian demotic script and Ancient Greek. Rosetta stone was discovered on 15th July 1799 by French captain Pierre-François Bouchard in Rosetta, a village in Egypt.

Soon after discovery, detailed study of the inscriptions revealed that the three versions are essentially of the same text. This helped Champollion to transliterate the Egyptian scripts.

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