An ancient light brown lintel with Egyptian hieroglyphs on it, including bird figures, a human face and a lion.

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20 Oct 2022


Online event

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Discover why and how the thrilling discovery of the Rosetta Stone in 1799 provided the key to decoding hieroglyphs, allowing us to read this ancient script.

Curators of Hieroglyphs: unlocking ancient Egypt, Ilona Regulski and Kelly Accetta Crowe, explore how this breakthrough, 200 years ago, came to pass after the exciting race for decipherment by France’s Jean-François Champollion (1790–1832) and England's Thomas Young (1773–1829). Cracking the ancient code of hieroglyphs opened up the world of ancient Egypt and expanded our understanding of human history by some 3,000 years.

This event is part of the public programme supporting Hieroglyphs: unlocking ancient Egypt (13 October 2022 – 19 February 2023).

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About the speakers

Ilona Regulski

Ilona Regulski is the Curator of Egyptian Written Culture at the British Museum. She looks after the papyrus collection and other inscribed material, including the Rosetta Stone. Regulski studied Egyptology at the University of Leuven, Belgium, and at Münster, Germany. She was Assistant Director of the Dutch-Flemish Institute in Cairo. Her PhD examined the origins of writing in Egypt. Regulski has held academic posts at Yale University and the Free University in Berlin.


Kelly Accetta Crowe

Kelly Accetta Crowe is the project curator for the exhibition Hieroglyphs: unlocking ancient Egypt. She holds a BA in Archaeology and Art History from the University of Virginia, an MPhil in Egyptology and a PhD in Archaeology, both from the University of Cambridge. Her areas of interest are stone-built architecture, the interaction of landscape and the built environment, and the connection between image and power, mainly in the New Kingdom (about 1550–1069 BC). Since 2017, Kelly has worked as an archaeologist on several fieldwork projects in Egypt and for the British Museum.

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