July 15, 1799: Rosetta Stone discovered by Napoleon's army. The stele is inscribed with a decree by Ptolemy V. It is significant because the same text is inscribed in Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, Egyptian Demotic script, and Ancient Greek, giving moderns the first clue to the deciphering of hieroglyphic script. It was ceded to England at the close of the Napoleonic Wars, and has remained almost continuously in the British Museum since 1802.
Cuneiform, 3000 BCE Cuneiform writing from 3000 BC (Louve)
Death-mask of Tutankhamun. I have had the privilege of seeing the mask up close and personal on three occasions: twice when the Tut Collection was brought to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the 1970s, then again in 1984, when my mother and I actually went to Egypt for a 10-day excursion,including the Egyptian Museum. A truly remarkable and beautiful country. The people were so kind, very sweet.
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Facts About King Tut -Often described as the 'Boy King of Egypt', King Tutankhamun ruled the empire for a very short term. It is believed that his reign was too short and uneventful to leave a mark in the history of ancient Egypt. However, with the discovery of his tomb and its fabulous treasures, the Pharaoh's name became famous overnight. The 3000-year-old mummy was the only clue to the life and death of King Tutankhamun
HIEROGLYPHICS: This Ancient Egyptian writing system was first adopted more than 5,000 years ago making it one of the earliest recorded written languages. Its secrets were lost to the modern world until the discovery of the Rosetta Stone.