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The Rosetta Stone

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THE ROSETTA STONE (S8x32) 3C (4C set) M Beatie Belfast Book

1- 8 1s set, cast 1 place and face 1st corners, 1s dance ½ reel of 4 with 1st corners and end facing 2nd corners
9-16 1s dance ½ reel of 4 with 2nd corners, pass RSh to 2nd place own sides, set and cast up to top
17-24 1s dance down below 3rd place, cast up behind couple in 3rd place, dance up between top couple and cast to 2nd place own sides
25-32 1s dance modified diagonal R&L:
 1st+2nd persons on Men's side and 2nd+3rd persons on Ladies' side change places RH on sides then LH diagonally followed by 2nd+3rd persons on Men's side and 1st+2nd persons on Ladies' side change places RH then LH diagonally. 213

(MINICRIB. Dance crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)


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The Rosetta Stone is an ancient stele, discovered in 1799 near the town of Rosetta in the Nile Delta of Egypt, during the French campaign in Egypt and Syria.

This granodiorite slab bears an inscription in three scripts: Ancient Greek, Demotic, and hieroglyphic. Created during the Ptolemaic period in 196 BCE, the text commemorates the pharaoh Ptolemy V's benefactions to the priesthood of various temples.

The significance of the Rosetta Stone lies in its role as a key to deciphering ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs. French scholar Jean-François Champollion successfully deciphered the hieroglyphic script in 1822, using the Greek inscription as a reference point. This breakthrough marked a pivotal moment in the understanding of ancient Egyptian history and language.

The Rosetta Stone is currently housed in the British Museum (2024), where it remains a vital artefact in the study of linguistics, archaeology, and Egyptology.

Rosetta Stone
The Rosetta Stone In The British Museum


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