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Translating the Rosetta Stone
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Severn resident makes re-creation of historic artifact
By MARC SHAPIRO Staff Writer
Full-scale replicas of the Rosetta Stone are now
available thanks to a Severn resident. "I wanted to popularize the whole
idea of the Rosetta Stone and bring it to the masses," said Joel
Freeman, who spoke Wednesday about the Rosetta Stone at the
Library of Congress. "I see it as a gateway to greater curiosity
and greater understanding."
The Rosetta Stone,
discovered in Egypt by the French in 1799, was the key to
decoding Egyptian hieroglyphics. The Ancient Egyptian written
language was lost by the time the stone, which was created in
196 BC, was discovered.
"It enabled people who knew Greek to decipher
the hieroglyphics," said Mary-Jane Deeb, chief of the African &
Middle Eastern Division at the Library of Congress. "Since then,
archaeologists have been able to read hieroglyphics on all
ancient Egyptian artifacts."
Freeman, an author, filmmaker and speaker,
served as chaplain to Washington Bullets, later Wizards, from
1979 until 1998. It is here where his interest in African and
Egyptian history really blossomed from talking to players.
Just over four years ago, Freeman bought a
replica of the face of the Rosetta Stone from an gentleman who
purchased it from the British Museum. Later, he was able to get a
digital image of the stone, which he said crashed a few
computers because of the size. A sculptor created the sides and
rear of the stone based on this digital image and other
"People who have seen the real thing are
astonished when they see the replica up close," Freeman said. "My goal is for millions of people to
come touch this and be engaged."
Severn resident Joel Freeman
speaks at the Library of Congress in Washington about the
Rosetta Stone. Freeman, an author, photographer and scholar of
Africa history, just launched Rosetta Classic, which makes
replicas of the famous archaeological find that cracked the code
of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics.
He has already sold three of the "classic" replicas.
They are to-scale replicas which weigh about 100 pounds and come
with a base. The introductory price is available upon request.
The Rosetta Stone was
found in 1799 built into the foundation of an older structure on the west bank of the Nile
as Lt. Pierre Bouchard was preparing the foundation for Ft.
Julian. This images is designed to portray the Classic Rosetta
model in an artistic manner.
| One replica is on a traveling
exhibit in Australia and one has gone to a mold-maker in
California. The third was delivered to the National Cryptologic Museum at Fort George G. Meade this week on a long term
loan and will be displayed in the near future.
He offers several other models, including a hybrid
that can be used as a coffee table or wall ornament. The "lost wax" bronze
replica is his finest offering and the most expensive. All of the models are manufactured on
demand in Michigan by Mannetron.
The original Rosetta Stone, a 1,700 pound, 45 inches
tall, 30 inches wide and 11 inches thick slab of granodiorite rock,
contained 14 lines of hieroglyphics, 32 lines of Demotic, another
ancient Egyptian script, and 54 lines of ancient Greek when it was
found. The original stone is on display at the British Museum in
The stone spells out decrees of Ptolemy V, the fifth
ruler of Egypt under the Ptolemaic dynasty. "The text on the Rosetta
Stone gives us a glimpse into Egyptian life," Freeman said. "This
was a gift … to the world."
Copyright © The Maryland Gazette and Capital Gazette
Photos by Dan Champness
From the National
Cryptologic Museum Foundation's website:
| Dr. Joel Freeman delivered a talk on the
Rosetta Stone as the speaker at National Cryptologic Museum
Foundation's (NCMF) program on 21 July 2010.
extremely interesting, multi-talented individual, Dr. Freeman
focused on the Stone’s history. He addressed how it was
discovered and the extremely rich history of what it
revealed. Created by a group of Egyptians priests to honor the
Pharaoh, the text was written in three different scripts:
hieroglyphic, demotic and Greek. Frenchman Jean-Francois
Champollion finally managed to decipher the hieroglyphics in
Dr. Freeman, a
very dynamic speaker, adeptly tied-in the ancient stone’s discovery
and decipherment with cryptologic, linguistic, and even computer
quandaries of today.
|| He also elaborated on the very complex,
time-consuming process he went through to replicate the Rosetta
Stone. His 3D, museum-quality reproductions were introduced at
the Library of Congress in 2009, and have since been widely
marketed to museums, foundations, etc..
Thanks to Dr. Freeman's generosity the National
Cryptologic Museum has its own Rosetta Stone on
display. Those of you who have not seen it are urged to do
so. You will be amazed, and hard-pressed to differentiate
between the replica and the real thing.
(left) Dave D'Auria (NCMF) and
Joel Freeman at the lecture event for NSA. (middle)
Exhibit at the National Cryptologic Museum.
R A V E
R E V I E W S
"Joel Freeman's presentation on The Rosetta Stone and the Breaking
of Codes was outstanding! Everyone that I spoke to was very
impressed and learned a lot! In addition to being an
outstanding speaker in general, his subject knowledge and
historical perspective, and the metaphorical connections he
used for breaking codes and general problem solving would be
a worthwhile topic to bring to a much wider NSA audience!
Draw the bullseye around what you want the message to be and
he will deliver. He can talk about the math and science of
code breaking or expand the scope to the ethnic and/or
cultural diversities resident then and how they affect
society to this day."
-- participant at Dr. Freeman's presentation at the National
|| "I wholeheartedly endorse Dr.
Freeman's replica as the only one (full size, 3D)
I've ever seen available in the world, and with the
research he has performed, has the best provenance
possible. It should be in every university with an
Egyptology Department, let alone in Egypt."
-- Jonathan Downs, author of "Discovery at
Reference letter from event sponsored by National
Cryptologic Museum Foundation at NSA
D I R E C T D
I M E N S I O N S A R T I C L E
In February of 2008, Joel Freeman of The Freeman Institute
Foundation came to Direct Dimensions with an interesting project.
Within his collection of historical artifacts, Mr. Freeman owns an
original replica of the Rosetta Stone, the famous tablet discovered
after Napoleon’s 1798 conquest of Egypt. The tablet bears an
inscription of a decree by Ptolemy V circa 196 BC, written in three
different languages: two distinct forms of Egyptian hieroglyphics
and one form of classical Greek. The Rosetta Stone was so important
in the deciphering of some hieroglyphics that the term has come to
mean any document or key instrumental in the decryption of a
language or code. The original Rosetta Stone has been displayed by
the British Museum since 1802, but a handful of first-generation
castings were made of the tablet for reproduction in the 1970s.
It was one of these original castings that Mr.
Freeman brought to Direct Dimensions. He wants to make scaled
reproductions and to help others understand the importance of this
His cast reproduction is full-size, approximately
38-inches tall by 30 inches wide, made from black resin with the
critical lettering inscribed on the flat front face. Because it is
only a face casting that is two inches deep, this posed another
problem, as he wished to make an accurate replica measuring the same
11-inch thick as the original tablet.
After consulting with the engineers at Direct
Dimensions about the project and understand how Mr. Freeman intended
to actually fabricate the piece, it was decided that only an
extremely accurate 3D digital model of this physical piece could
work. The 3D data file would be used to drive a computerized
industrial milling machine to carve a highly accurate mold. Direct
Dimensions would have to use its most accurate and highest
resolution scanning tool to capture the piece.
Over the next several days at the DDI lab in Owings
Mills, the cast replica was digitized using a non-contact laser line
scanner mounted on a motorized precision coordinate measuring
machine, or CMM. This unique scanning system had been integrated a
few years earlier by the DDI engineers for projects just like this.
With the controlled motion of the CMM combined with the scanner from
Kreon Technologies, this system can achieve resolutions approaching
25 microns. This translates to 3D point every one-thousands of an
inch (0.001”) - a dot per inch resolution sufficient for capturing
even fingerprints in 3D.
The resulting massive point cloud file was so
detailed that when processed into it a 3D mesh weighed in at over 10
million polygons. A figure, according to project manager Peter
Kennedy, “that definitely strained the limit of our already
extensive computing power.” (One engineering professor did some
calculating and determined that are about 1 Million data points per
square inch and approximately 1.4 Billion (yes, with a "B") data
points in the entire digital model!)
In addition to the precise scan of the tablet’s
front face, a model incorporating the tablet’s true thickness had to
be created. With standard photographs and other reference materials
provided by Freeman, the digital modeling team at Direct Dimensions
used a variety of software products, including PolyWorks, Geomagic,
and Z Brush, to digitally sculpt the shape and contour of the
original tablet’s back side. The back was then combined with the
precise data from the front to complete the high accuracy digital
model of the real Rosetta Stone.
The final deliverable in polygon format will enable
Mr. Freeman and his other collaborators to mill the completed
replica molds. He aims to use his replica as a centerpiece in his
educational programming, to be exhibited in the Black History
galleries being developed by The Freeman Institute Foundation.
P R E S S
R E L E A S E
Historic, Code-Cracking Rosetta Stone Replica Project
Full-Size, 3D Replicas of the
Original Rosetta Stone
Available Internationally for Educational / Exhibition Purposes
Rosetta Classic, LLC is now offering
commercially available, hand crafted replicas of the original
Rosetta Stone to any interested entity or individual – considered by
some to be "the Rosetta Stone of replicas."
Severn, MD – The Rosetta Stone. Anyone interested
in the fields of archaeology, Egyptology, cryptology, publishing,
geology, science, writing, mathematics, translation work and/or
languages understands the significance of this famous artifact.
Rosetta Classic®, LLC (in collaboration with The Freeman
Institute® Foundation) announced today that for the first time any
person or entity in the world can now own and exhibit a distinctive
full-size, 3D Classic Rosetta replica (45” tall x 30” wide x 11”
thick, 95 lbs) of the original Rosetta Stone, housed in the British
Museum. Rosetta Classic is not affiliated with the British Museum,
which has not endorsed or sponsored Rosetta Classic, The Freeman
Institute Foundation, or the Rosetta Stone replica project.
The Hybrid Rosetta model is also available to the general public.
It’s a coffee table (40" long x 30" wide x 2.5" thick), made in the
shape of the face of the original Rosetta Stone, features four
removable legs, allowing its owner to display the model either as a
coffee table or as a piece of wall-mountable archaeological art. To
our knowledge, it is the world’s first and only such dual-purpose
The world’s first and only Limited Edition models are the Classic
Fine Art Bronze Rosetta (“lost wax” bronze full size, 3-D replica),
Bronze/Silver Rosetta (cold bronze/silver full-size, 3-D replicas in
a durable resin compound), and the Bronze Plaque Rosetta ("lost wax"
full-size flat bronze or cold bronze/silver plaque models,
approximately 40" tall x 30" wide x 1" thick).
The official Rosetta Classic website provides a pictorial and
verbal overview of the latest, cutting edge digital, laser, artistic
sculpting, and rotational casting technologies utilized in the
development of these models –
DR. JOEL A.
As the veteran mentor/chaplain for the NBA Washington
Bullets/Wizards for 19 years (’79-’98), award-winning film maker and
prolific author, Dr. Freeman has an intriguing presentation – "The
Mysterious Rosetta Stone." The "Rosetta Stone Man," Dr. Freeman is
available to make a highly visual & educational
presentation/exhibition to your organization about the historical &
contemporary significance of the Rosetta Stone – BIO:
On Wednesday, October 14th, 2009, Dr. Freeman will be
speaking on the topic at the Library of Congress (DC) at 12 noon in
the African & Middle Eastern Division. He will be exhibiting a full
size replica, along with a few other innovations and some of the
historical items (early 1800s) from his collection. It's free. All
Joel A. Freeman, Ph.D., Box 305, Gambrills, MD 21054
Office: 410-729-4011 Cell: 410-991-9718
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Eight Unique Innovations
of the Rosetta Stone
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| (1). CLASSIC
-- Classic Rosetta
-- PICTURED ABOVE...available!
full-size, stunning 3-D replica (approx.
45" high x 30" wide x 11" thick, 95 lbs). This model is the
most requested - especially for
museum, library, educational exhibitions. The coloration
be mixed into the resin, for durability
& beauty...designed to mimic (as closely as possible)
shape and the coloring of the genuine Rosetta Stone. White
lettering for ease of reading.
CLASSIC BRONZE ROSETTA: info/pricing
-- Classic Bronze Rosetta
limited edition (only 950) full-size, 3-D cold bronze
model (resin & bronze). Black lettering.
(3). CLASSIC SILVER
-- Classic Silver Rosetta
limited edition (only 950) full-size, 3-D cold silver
model (resin & silver). Black lettering.
(4). CLASSIC FINE ART
BRONZE ROSETTA: info/pricing
-- Classic Fine Art Bronze Rosetta
rare, limited edition
(only 350) full-size, 3-D "lost-wax" bronze foundry process
for highly valued fine art pieces that are immortalized in like
manner -- in development
CLASSIC / BRONZE / SILVER / FINE ART ROSETTA PEDESTAL BASES:
info/pricing -- Exhibition
30" high x 28" wide base (with iron cradle
option) to exhibit replica. (see 2 exhibition concepts below)
-- in development stage
(5). BABY ROSETTA: info/pricing
-- Baby Rosetta -- in development
2/3 size, 3-D replica (approx. 30" high x 20" wide
x 7.5" thick). Perfect for exhibition in your home.
(6). HYBRID ROSETTA:
-- Hybrid Rosetta
-- available! (see below)
unique, dual-purpose model: unscrew the 4 legs
from the coffee table (40" long x 30" wide x 2.5" thick)
and now you have a beautiful piece of
archaeological art to hang on your wall. White lettering.
(7). BRONZE PLAQUE ROSETTA:
info/pricing -- Bronze Plaque Rosetta
plaque-like models that are shaped in the distinctive outline of
the face of the Genuine Rosetta Stone
(40" tall x 30"
wide x 1/2" thick). Legacy awards that double as
archeological wall art, in four models:
* "Lost-Wax" Plaque
Bronze Rosetta (limited edition...only 1,500)
"Cold Bronze" Plaque Rosetta (with black lettering)
* "Cold Silver" Plaque Rosetta (with black lettering)
* Classic Plaque Rosetta (with
ROSETTA -- One moment it's
a coffee table. The next moment it's fine art for your wall!
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