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Date
November 1, 2011

Pop Quiz: Egypt

Do you know the answer?
Transcript

Justin: What’s up guys? I am Justin Finch at the Karnak Temple in Luxor, Egypt with all these great ancient ruins. Now, do you recognize these drawings here behind me? They are called hieroglyphics, the ancient written language of Egypt. And for years, no one knew what they meant until a special artifact was found. And that brings us to your pop quiz question.

Do you know the name of that artifact? What is the name of that key artifact?

A. The Ten Commandments

B. Ahkmenrah Amulet

C. Rosetta Stone

D. Osiris Tablet

You have got ten seconds!

Times up! If you guessed “C,” Rosetta Stone, you got it right!

For centuries, archaeologists and scholars were stumped when it came to understanding hieroglyphic writing on the walls of ancient Egyptian pyramids and tombs. The problem was, over the years it was lost in time and no one in the world knew what the ancient symbols stood for. That was until a stone was discovered in 1799 in Rosetta, Egypt.

So, how could a stone be the key to unlocking the mystery of ancient Egyptian writing? On the stone are three columns of writings, each saying the same message but in three different scripts –Greek, Demotic and hieroglyphics.

Scholars could understand the Greek and Demotic writings and used it to make sense of the hieroglyphic alphabet, and finally cracked the code. By using the Rosetta Stone as a translation device, more than 1,400 years of ancient Egyptian secrets were revealed

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