• Posted:Tuesday, December 15, 2009
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London may lose the Rosetta Stone

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London may lose the Rosetta Stone
People who are staying in London hostels as I type may like to head down to the British Museum as fast as their little legs will carry them, because the Rosetta Stone - which was dug up in 1799 by Napoleon's army and can be dated back to 196 BC - may soon be winging its way back to its homeland of Egypt.

News agency Reuters brought this story to my attention and I was immediately intrigued. Apparently, Egypt's main archaeologist Sahi Hawass - who has been likened to Indiana Jones many times, thanks in large part to the hat that he always wears - has announced that he intends to ask the UK gallery to return the ancient stone.

"The British Museum has hundreds of thousands of artefacts in the basement and as exhibits. I am only needing one piece to come back, the Rosetta Stone. It is an icon of our Egyptian identity and its homeland should be Egypt," he was quoted by the news source as saying.

According to the publication, the ancient obelisk was very useful when it came to making out the hieroglyphics found on the tombs of the pharaohs. And Mr Hawass wants to reclaim it for his country, alongside six other relics that are currently housed in other museums around the world.

I say, fair enough. It only came to be in British hands as a result of the Napoleonic war anyway. Give it back, Britain!

Mr Hawass is certainly being busy at the moment. The BBC recently reported that he was on his way to Paris to take back five fresco pieces that were taken from a crypt in the Valley of the Kings during the 80s.

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