British Museum and Sketchfab Publish 3D Scanned 3D Model of Rosetta Stone
Dating to 196 BC, the Rosetta Stone is one of the most important pieces that archeologists ever uncovered as it enabled a greater understanding of ancient Egyptian culture and thus the origins of human history. Until today to see it you had to visit the British Museum, now, thanks to a collaboration between the British Museum and online 3D model platform Sketchfab, you can just download it.
The model represents a part of grey and pink granodiorite stela bearing priestly decree concerning Ptolemy V in three blocks of text: Hieroglyphic (14 lines), Demotic (32 lines) and Greek (54 lines). The inscription is a decree passed by a council of priests, one of a series that affirm the royal cult of the 13 year-old Ptolemy V on the first anniversary of his coronation.
The stone was found in Fort Saint Julien, El-Rashid, Egypt. It measures 112.3 cm in length, 75.7 cm max width and it is 28.4 cm thick. The 3D model is by Daniel Pett, created with 228 photographs taken with Nikon D5100, Sony A6000 and OnePlus3 mobile phone. This can be improved further with more photography in future.