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I was lucky to get hold of a book a few years ago called

± EGYPT IN 1800 ±

  Unfortunately it wasn't the original 21 volumes of the monumental Description de l'Egypt published from 1809 onwards, yet it still contained a vast number of sketches and documentation to wet my appetite.

Napoleon's Egyptian Expedition stands as one of the greatest achievements of the Napoleonic age, as so many remarkable and important discoveries resulted from it.

Napoleon's Egyptian Expedition stands as one of the greatest achievements of the Napoleonic age, as so many remarkable and important discoveries resulted from it.

With Napoleons army went Mathematicians, Astronomers, Pharmacists, Surveyors, Antiquarians, (for-runners to Egyptologists.) plus a myriad of other professional and academic personnel.

One of the most important, must be the discovery of the Rosetta Stone in the summer of 1799 by Jean-François Champollionfinally giving the world the means to decipher Egyptian Hieroglyphic script. 

At the time of writing this, there seems to be some speculation as to who was really responsible for the deciphered code. It was well known that Thomas Young, an Englishman, had shared ideas and his findings with Champollion, much to his friends alarm. Young seemed to be far ahead of his French counterpart in many aspects according to many who knew him.

Young was the first to decipher the Demotic royal cartouches, but also the hieroglyphs representing alphabetic signs.

In 1884, Champollion compiled his Précis du système hiéroglyphique. (Primer of the Hieroglyphic System.)

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Carter In The Tomb.

I picked up a copy of the Daily Mirror one day looking for the comic strips,  and found a story about the curse of king Tut instead. Who? I asked...

As I read, the facination that I already had with Egypt grew. I read the story time and time again.

Many years later I was lucky enough to go and see the Tutankhamun exibition when it came to the Victoria And Albert Museum. 

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