The Rosetta Stone was carved in Egypt in 196 BC during the reign of King Ptolemy V. The text carved on the stone is in three languages, Hieroglyphic script, Demotic script and Ancient Greek. The Rosetta Stone is one of the keys to unlocking the secrets of ancient Egyptian writing. The carving is a decree by the King Ptolemy, which was issued by a congress of priests.
The Rosetta Stone was found by a French soldier in 1799 during the Napoleonic campaign in Egypt. It was found near the town of Rashid (Rosetta) in the Nile Delta. Following the defeat of Napoleon in 1801 the stone was taken by the British. It was brought to London and put on display at the British Museum. It continues to be on display there and is the most-visited object in the museum.
The Rosetta Stone was discovered in the year 1799 On This Day.