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Thursday, April 2, 2009

What is the Rosetta Stone?

During the French Occupation of Egypt, Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) led an expedition along the Nile river toward the Mediterranean Sea. Many drawings, chants and stone monuments were discovered. Among these was a Stele (a stone or wooden slab erected for funerals or commemorative purposes).

The stone, made of black basalt, measures 14 feet by 10 feet and weighs 1700lbs. This particular stone found in 1779, has two different languages written on it.

Read More: What is the Rosetta Stone?

[Thanks DA Cornean @ Socyberty]

1 Comment:

Bob Johnson said...

Cool , didn't know that, I've seen the term applied to very rare and large meteorites.

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