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PostPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2003 6:15 pm    Post subject: Rosetta Stone Reply with quote

Did you know that the Rosetta Stone is not made of basalt as believed for a long time?
Tests by the British museum in late 1998 and early 1999 discovered it to be made of granodiorite, a stone of the granite family.
Soon after its discovery, paper copies of the inscription were made by inking the surface of the stone and using it like a printing block. This ink gave the stone it's black appearance and hence the appearance of basalt!

http://www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk/conservation/cleaning2.html
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2003 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

well wow! hmmm.. youd think they wouldve noticed sooner
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2005 3:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmph! That's what happens when you have amateurs do the identification! Wink

Granodiorite is coarse grained so the individual mineral grains are large enough to see. Basalt is so fine grained you can't see individual grains. Doesn't take any brains to tell the difference!

Diorite, kissing cousin to granodiorite
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2005 3:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Doesn't take any brains to tell the difference!


Except when the entire stone is covered with so many layers of ink from countless impressions, you could barely distinguish the original layers anymore. Like Kevin said, that's why people had mistaken it for basalt. Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2019 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

haha... You would think with all the meticulous processes archaeologists have these days to preserve artifacts, they would have taken better care of the Rosetta Stone. I always thought it was black, because the stone was black. I would not have thought it was the layers of ink.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2019 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is there possibly not more than one copy of the Rosetta stone out there somewhere? Did both the french and the british at the time not think there might be? What if we find one then we realise that everything we think we know about hieroglyphs is turned upside down, but not entirely. Our knowledge of how some types of pronoun or adjective are used in translating the language may have to be altered, for example. Veritable nightmare! Hope not. I would like to think that what we know of the language stands.
I watched this programme about the Rosetta Stone. Did Thomas Young really say "Do you know something, I would rather have my teeth pulled" in retort to his frustration to early attempts at deciphering the stone.
Probably! Here's hoping we do not feel like that, should a complete copy of the stone emerge.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2019 11:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

John Ray : The Rosetta Stone and the Rebirth of Ancient Egypt. - London : Profile Books Ltd., 2007. - ISBN: 978 1 86197 339 9. - 200 p. - Page 1 :
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... According to the inscription on the stone, an identical copy of the decree was to be placed in every sizeable temple in the land. Whether this really happened is impossible to say, but a few copies of the same trilingual decree have been found and can be seen in other museums. ...

One copy was found, for example, in Bubastis ...

Christian Tietze / Eva Lange / Klaus Hallof : Ein neues Exemplar des Kanopus-Dekrets aus Bubastis. - In: Archiv für Papyrusforschung und verwandte Gebiete 51-1. - 2005. - pp. 1 - 29.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2019 2:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lutz wrote:
... One copy was found, for example, in Bubastis ...

... is wrong, of course. Correct is :

Another example of a multilingual text is the so-called canopic decree. See for that, for example ...

Christian Tietze / Eva Lange / Klaus Hallof : Ein neues Exemplar des Kanopus-Dekrets aus Bubastis. - In: Archiv für Papyrusforschung und verwandte Gebiete 51-1. - 2005. - pp. 1 - 29.

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