A British ‘shame’: Demanding the return of the Rosetta Stone

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The effects and consequences of colonialism live on for centuries after its death. They exist overtly and covertly, as previously colonised nations grapple with reasserting their rights, identities, and traditions to move on from their traumatic past, change their present-day trajectories and take back what is rightfully theirs. The Rosetta Stone is a 2,200-year-old historic Egyptian artefact that was key to deciphering the mystery of Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, allowing the writing system to be decoded and clearly understood for the first time in centuries. It is stored in the British museu…

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