The Rosetta Stone kit [CR 493.1 R829] is a detailed 1/3 scale replica of the original artifact currently held in the British Museum. An ancient Egyptian stele from 196 BCE, the decree inscribed on it appears in three different scripts: the upper text is Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, the middle portion in Demotic script, and the lowest in Ancient Greek. It presents essentially the same text in all three scripts and provided the key to the modern understanding of Egyptian hieroglyphs. Using the included activity sheets, students can simultaneously learn about ancient history, ancient geography, as well as the development and evolution of language and writing by completing the worksheet exercises. By the end of the activity, students will be able to write their names in hieroglyphics. This kit can also be used as an excellent supplement to field trips or museum visits dealing with the ancient world.
Currently displayed on the coffee table near the Circulation Desk on the Ground Floor of the Library.