Linguistic Anthropology

When and where was the Rosetta Stone discovered?
Answered by Discovery Channel
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  1. The Rosetta Stone was discovered in 1799 by French occupying forces in Egypt. The French ruler Napoleon Bonaparte launched a campaign at the end of the 18th century to claim Egypt as a first step in weakening British forces in the East and conquering India. However, the British navy destroyed the French navy and left Napoleon's forces stranded in Egypt for 19 years. While stationed there, the French settled around the Nile Delta region. Soldiers in the town of Rosetta demolished ancient buildings in the area to expand their fortifications. What would come to be called the Rosetta Stone was found in the rubble by a soldier who recognized it as potentially significant.

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