How we deciphered Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs
The turning point in understanding hieroglyphs
- In 1798, Napoleon Bonaparte invaded Egypt. Military engineers discovered the Rosetta Stone in July 1799 while rebuilding an old fort in the Nile Delta.
- It was clear that the bottom inscription on the Rosetta Stone was written in the Greek alphabet and the top part in Egyptian hieroglyphs.
- In the middle was a script about which little was known. Today we know this scripts as a cursive form of ancient Egyptian writing.
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