Ancient Egypt

by Mandy Barrow

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The Rosetta Stone


One of the keys to unlocking the secrets of ancient Egyptian writing was the 'Rosetta Stone'.

Rosetta StoneWhat is the Rosetta Stone?

The Rosetta Stone is a stone with writing on it. It was created in 196 BC,

How big is the Rosetta Stone?

The Stone is 114.4 centimeters (45 in) high at its tallest point, 72.3 centimeters (28.5 in) wide, and 27.9 centimeters (11 in) thick. It weighs approximately 760 kilograms (1,676 lb),

Why is it called the Rosetta Stone?

The Rosetta Stone is named after the town it was discovered in, a town called Rosetta, on the Mediterranean coast in Egypt

What writing was on the Rosetta stone?

The text is made up of three translations of a single passage, written in two Egyptian language scripts (hieroglyphic and Demotic), and in classical Greek.

What does the Rosetta stone say?

The Rosetta Stone is thought to have been written by a group of priests in Egypt to honour the Egyptian pharaoh. It lists all of the good things that the pharaoh has done for the priests and the people of Egypt.

Why was there three lots of different writing on it?

When it was written, there were three diffent types of writing being used in Egypt.


Used for important and religious documents

Egyptian writing (demotic)

Used by most people in Egypt at that time.

Greek writing

Used by the rulers

When was the Rosetta Stone found?

The Rosetta Stone was found in 1799.

Who found the Rosetta Stone?

The Rosetta Stone was found by French soldiers who were rebuilding a fort at Rosetta, a harbour on the Mediterranean coast in Egypt

How long did it take to decode the Rosetta Stone?

For twenty years scholars tried to decode the slab.

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