What discovery allowed for the translation of Egyptian hieroglyphics?
The discovery of the Rosetta stone.
Egyptian Hieroglyphics was the formal way of writing in Ancient Egypt. It was a system of pictures where each one stood for a specific sound, not a word like Europeans originally though. However, a simplified Demotic writing system was also added in later Egyptian history for everyday writing. Formal documents were usually in hieroglyphics. The Rosetta Stone, which evetually allowed for the translation of hieroglyphics, contained both hieroglyphics and demotic.
The Rosetta Stone was instrumental in the deciphering of Egyptian hieroglyphics ; see related link below . Hieroglyphics were deciphered using the Rosetta stone an Egyptian artifact that was discovered in the late 1700's by the french it contained a three carved texts two in Egyptian and the third in classic greek being able to translate the greek allowed the English to translate the other languages when they acquired the stone in the early 1800's…
The Rosetta Stone is an inscribed slab held at the British Museum in London. The stone is important because it provided the key for translating Egyptian hieroglyphics. The stone contains the same message written in multiple ancient languages, some of which were known at the time of the stone's discovery. Knowing some of the languages helped to figure out those that were unknown. The Rosetta stone is a stone that was found near the city…
It is called Hieroglyphics the individual characters hieroglyphs. The symbols mainly stand for sounds like the Roman letters we use today. It was this discovery along with the Rosetta stone with an identical text in Greek which allowed the Frenchman Jean Francois Champolion (1790-1832) to unlock the mystery. Using his knowledge of Coptic he was able not only to deduce the meanings of the hieroglyphs but work out the structure of Ancient Egyptian grammar.
The Rosetta stone had three written languages telling the same story. This allowed someone to compare one language (ancient Greek) with the hieroglyphics (ancient Egyptian), and thus decode the hieroglyphics. By being able to read their writing, we understand the history of the ancient Egyptians far better.