About Rosetta Stone and its Specialty in the British Museum

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Rosetta Stone Model

Tourists have taken a closer look at the Rosetta Stone and found out its inscribes as well as varying textures thanks to the first 3D model of the stone unveiled recently online. The Rosetta Stone model would allow one to verify from all angles and has been digitally scanned by the British Museum technicians in alliance with Sketchfab.

The Rosetta Stone encased in a glass shelf will allow those who tour British Museum to view the stone from all angles, but peering crowds may want to make the physical view of the Rosetta Stone somewhat far, hence the initiative.

“This scan was part of our larger attempt to capture as many of our iconic pieces from the collection – and indeed the unseen in store objects – and make them available for people to view in 3D or in more tactile forms,” said Daniel Pett, an ICT Advisor who takes care of portable antiquities and treasure in the British Museum.

The Decree of Memphis inscribed on the Rosetta Stone is a sacred text which denotes a decree passed on by a council of priests one year post the anniversary of King Ptolemy V. The decree affirms the King’s reign. The 14 hieroglyphic lines appear on the fractured top of the Rosetta Stone, with 32 lines in Demotic and 53 lines in Ancient Greek below, which together cover the whole face of the Stela.

Technology Very Much a Part of British Museum

The digital augmented reality and virtual reality initiatives have been doing the rounds for quite a while now in the British Museum, and recently, one with Oculus had delighted those on a British Museum guided tour. In addition to that, those who tour British Museum set foot on the Samsung Digital Discovery Centre as well with kids to learn world history with the help of technology.

The Rosetta Stone traces back to 196 BC and was key for scholars to decipher and subsequently read hieroglyphs. It would take a scholarly skill from one to read the inscribed Ancient Greek scripts on the Rosetta Stone and translate the same in vernacular or English. The stone was excavated from Fort Saint Julien, East Africa, and so on and it is displayed on the G4/CSE Gallery in the British Museum.