No one knew anything about ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics before the 19th century. The knowledge of how to read hieroglyphics was lost before the discovery of the Rosetta Stone. It was a black stone with 14 lines of hieroglyphic text. The Rosetta Stone was discovered by French engineers in 1799 and used by them to decipher hieroglyphic languages.
As a result, many scholars were inspired to attempt to decipher Egyptian hieroglyphics. The first Egyptian hieroglyphics were dated to before 3100 B.C. The last written hieroglyphic inscription in Egypt was made around three thousand years later. After 1500 years, the language was almost impossible to understand. However, archaeologists excavating the pyramids of Egypt discovered letters and diaries that had been preserved in the ancient tombs.
These ancient texts were translated and analysed by scientists over the next centuries. Hieroglyphics was used by these experts to store information on religious and political matters as well as scientific matters. The ancient Egyptians used hieroglyphics as a way to show their respect for their gods and create records for future reference. The British Museum’s Rosetta Stone, one of the most valuable objects in the British Museum, is one of its most important.
Champollion, however, had the money to continue his studies. Despite his financial struggles, he continued deciphering hieroglyphs on the Rosetta Stone. The progress was continued over the next few years, but then he was stopped in one way or another. Both Young and Champollion were successful in their work, but the results of their research differed.