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Mysterious  Rosetta  Stone


       Laser scanning the face of a first-generation Rosetta Stone replica







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   The arduous process of developing these replicas has been time-consuming and expensive -- taking well over four years. Under the umbrella of The Freeman Institute® Foundation, Joel Freeman (Rosetta Classic, LLC) has developed a life-size, 3-D mold of the Rosetta Stone (45" tall x 30" x 11" thick).

Early 1900s "magic lantern"
glass slide image of the Rosetta Stone
from The Freeman Institute History Collection

   The face of the mold, which is the most important part of the Stone, has been lasered from the face of the 1st generation cast mentioned above (see photos below). The sides and rear of the Rosetta Stone replica have been painstakingly rendered artistically from photos of the various views of the Rosetta Stone taken by Dr. Freeman on his many visits to the British Museum over the decades.

   The Rosetta Stone was cleaned in 2004 by the British Museum. Along with many other interesting aspects, the cleaning of the Rosetta Stone basically revealed that it was made of granodiorite, not basalt. We are confident that the cleaning process did not alter the original integrity of the face of the Rosetta Stone. If that is the case, the cleaning of the Rosetta Stone did not alter the structure, the precise placement or design of the lettering, or its external shape/form. It is those elements upon which we focus.

   The museum-quality facsimiles we are designing will be about as close as anyone can get to owning or exhibiting the real thing. We are also constructing a cylinder base (30" tall x 28" across), similar to the one pictured to the left, except for the square platform at the bottom of the base.

   Why are we doing all this? Watching reruns of the "Jay Walking" segments with Jay Leno on evening TV reveals how little knowledge people possess about modern or ancient history. It's as sad and as frightening as it is humorous.

   Our desire is to educate people -- young and old alike -- about the significance of the Rosetta Stone, understanding its role in cracking the code to Hieroglyphics -- which helped to spawn the intriguing fields of Archaeology and Egyptology -- a cryptologist's dream.

   People viewing the Rosetta Stone replica exhibitions will want to learn more. Our main passion is to develop an excitement in the hearts of people to want to travel to view the real artifact/artefact (Rosetta Stone), which is exhibited in London at the British Museum.

   The reconstruction part of making the life-size mold is a painstaking process and we will take our time to make sure that the face of the replica is designed as close to perfection as is possible. We have already developed a 3-D digital image of the Rosetta Stone through Direct Dimensions (see image to right). From this image we are creating the aluminum mold. The mold will then be used to fabricate the full-size, 3-D replicas, which is being fabricated by MAG Fadal. See how it all works below:


   Laser Scanning is the process of shining a structured laser line over the surface of an object in order to collect 3-dimensional data. The surface data is captured by a camera sensor mounted in the laser scanner which records accurate dense 3D points in space. Laser Scanners are non-contact devices used to gather 3D digital data from a variety of objects. A beam of light passes over the object while a camera mounted inside the scanner records the position of the laser. This 3D data is then transferred to the computer and the image is "drawn" in 3D on the screen. The Xystum XSM (pictured to the right) automatic 3-axis machine with a laser scanning probe option is what was used on the Rosetta Stone Replica project. Accuracy: 0.0005" -- Below are images of the Rosetta Stone replica being scanned. One of the leading companies in this technology in the world has completed this project...Direct Dimensions (see more photos below).


   Digital Modeling
is the process of creating a computer model of an object that exactly replicates the form of the object. Laser scanners are used to capture the 3D data of the object, and then this data is transferred to the computer where it is aligned and edited and finalized as a complete 3D model. Here's how it works:

scanning item

digital information transferred to computer

computer model

mold created and replica manufactured

exact replica

3-D Digital Model of the Rosetta Stone
[provided by Direct Dimensions]
you will have to download software to view and manipulate the image

The progression of the digital reconstruction of the Rosetta Stone replica -- 3-D digital model

1. 3-D laser scanning.                      2 + 3. Raw data processing.                                 4 + 5. High resolution modeling.      

6 + 7. Approximation of the back.       8 + 9. Joining front (lasered face) and back (artistically rendered from photos).      
The completed 3-D digital model of the Rosetta Stone -- from which the 3-D holographic image is being developed.


W E   A R E   G R A T E F U L   T O   A L L   W H O   H E L P E D  W I T H   T H I S   P R O J E C T


3-D digital model
by Direct Dimensions (Michael Raphael & Peter Kennedy).   
Initial mold fabrication of face and pedestal base
by MAG Fadal (Doug Hawthorne).   
Stereo Lithography Technology by 3D Systems (Chris Lewis).    
Fabrication of all final molds & hand-crafted replicas
by-- Mannetron (Tom Kipp).
Sculpting the Rosetta Stone look and feel on sides and rear by -- Charlie Wakefield
Developing digital face for "Baby Rosetta" model by -- Enterprise (Dan Bondhus) & Curt Fluent
Specific type of granodiorite identified by Dr. James Harrell, Prof. Emeritus of Geology, U. of Toledo



The Classic Rosetta Model is Now Available
"The Rosetta Stone of Replicas"

Below are some quick snapshots of the recently completed sculpture.

The mold was cast from the sculpture.


3-D Digital Model of the Rosetta Stone
[provided by Direct Dimensions]
you will have to download software to view and manipulate the image


* * * * * * * * * * * * * * *  I M P O R T A N T  * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

The main purpose of Dr. Joel Freeman, The Freeman Institute Foundation and Rosetta Classic, LLC embarking upon this project is to educate and inspire the masses (especially young people) about the impact the Rosetta Stone has had upon our understanding of Egypt (located in Africa) and the rest of the world.

How many have never even heard of the Rosetta Stone -- let alone being aware of the historical and archaeological significance of this artifact? It's actually funny...some people in on-the-street-interviews believe that Rosetta Stone is a woman. On the other hand, some may have heard the term, "Rosetta Stone," but have never made the connection between the name/words/concept/brand and the genuine Rosetta Stone.

One of the objectives for the 3-D replicas and 3-D holographic project is to provide a new and different way to reach/teach young people. Educators understand that the engagement of any extra sense (visual, auditory, tactile,  olfactory, etc.) increases the immediate understanding and retention of a topic. We are hoping that these models will be viewed (and touched) by millions around the world -- making it a memorable experience for each person. 

As visitors to Rosetta Stone replica exhibits become more aware of the Rosetta stone, they just might go home and read about it on the Internet. We also want to create a desire within everyone who actually sees a replica and learns more about it, to travel to London to experience the genuine Rosetta Stone -- currently exhibited at the British Museum.


  i. We believe that we are the first and only entity in the world to offer commercially-available, full-size, 3-D replicas of the original Rosetta Stone to potential purchasers for whatever private or public interests they may have. In other words, a potential customer is not required to represent a bona fide museum or educational institution to obtain one of our innovative Rosetta Stone replicas. Our full-size, 3-D replicas are available for purchase by anyone in the general public. This is one of the most compelling aspects of this project, which matches our desire to provide a hands-on experience with a replica of one of the important archaeological artifacts ever discovered...for millions of people.

  ii. We provide a special discount for museums, educational institutions and any other bona fide non-profit organization that desires to use the replica for educational/exhibition purposes (31% off introductory price for Classic Rosetta model). Tell us about your organization (include your website) when you ask for more information.

  iii. We are developing various models to match large or small budgets -- unique innovations that exhibit well in either large or small spaces -- for domestic or more expansive exhibition purposes.

  iv. Once you have selected the model you want to purchase, we can generally ship a replica within 3-4 weeks to any customer, anywhere in the world -- a rather quick turn-around for something of such unusually fine quality...hand-crafted especially for you. These are not "off the shelf" replicas made on some assembly line in China. All replicas are made in the USA.

  v. We provide excellent, world-class customer service before, during and after your delivery. We will respond ASAP to any of your questions via email or phone (410-991-9718). Upon request, customer references are available.

  vi. Here's one of the most exciting features: Our Classic Rosetta models mimic the appearance of the genuine Rosetta Stone (after the original Rosetta Stone was cleaned in 2004). The rose-colored vein of granodiorite that came to light after the 2004 cleaning of the original Rosetta Stone is set in the upper left hand corner of our natural colored, 3-D replicas. This is an extremely difficult aspect of the original Rosetta Stone to duplicate when fabricating a three dimensional piece of art, utilizing rotational casting technology. It is our objective to offer nothing but excellence on every level. You'll see...

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.


Dr. Freeman has an intriguing presentation, "The Mysterious Rosetta Stone."
You can hire the "Rosetta Stone Man," Dr. Freeman (
bio), to come to your organization
to make a highly visual & educational presentation/exhibition about the
historical & contemporary significance of the Rosetta Stone.
email info

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T H E   R O S E T T A   S T O N E   o f   R E P L I C A S

"Classic Rosetta"





3-D Replica

of the


Rosetta Stone




Photo by Dan Champness

Ask about our Classic Rosetta offer for museums, educational institutions, and RSA Conference exhibitors / attendees...

Eight Unique Innovations of the original Rosetta Stone








  (1). CLASSIC ROSETTA:  info/pricing -- 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 will
           be mixed into the resin, for durability & beauty...designed to mimic (as closely as possible)
             the shape and the coloring of the genuine Rosetta Stone. White lettering for ease of reading.

 (2). CLASSIC BRONZE ROSETTA:  info/pricing -- Classic Bronze Rosetta -- available!
       limited edition (only 950) full-size, 3-D cold bronze model (resin & bronze). Black lettering.

 (3). CLASSIC SILVER ROSETTA:  info/pricing -- Classic Silver Rosetta -- available!
       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 designed
                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 stage
        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:      info/pricing -- Hybrid Rosetta -- available!
      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)  -- in pre-development
              * "Cold Bronze" Plaque Rosetta (with black lettering) -- PICTURED BELOW...available!
                 * "Cold Silver" Plaque Rosetta (with black lettering) -- PICTURED BELOW...available!
    * Classic Plaque Rosetta (with white lettering) -- PICTURED TO THE LEFT...available!

"Cold Bronze" Plaque Rosetta                                                                      "Cold Silver" Plaque Rosetta

(8). HOLOGRAPHIC ROSETTA     info -- Holographic Rosetta -- in pre-development stage.
         we are in the beginning stages of working on an absolutely stunning 3-D digital holographic image of
           the Rosetta Stone that is suspended in mid air. The initial descriptions indicate that there is nothing else
             like it -- to be made available for museum exhibits, special events, etc. An educational jaw-dropper...



~  T H E    R O S E T T A    S T O N E    o f    R E P L I C A S   ~


Official Dimensions
of Genuine Rosetta Stone

:  114.400 cm (max.)
Width:  72.300 cm
Thickness:  27.900 cm


Pedestal Exhibition Base -- 30" x 30"
(hand crafted for each replica)

Exhibition Pedestal Base Concepts

   We have recreated the cylinder of the original exhibition base you see in the image (London Illustrated, 1874) below, except there will be no square piece at the bottom of the pedestal base. These exhibition bases are comprised of a sand-filled, granite-like resin cylinder (about 30" tall x 30" across) -- available only for the life-size, Classic Rosetta models.

  We also have another exhibition concept (designed especially for mobility...greater ease in shipping  the replica & base to/from trade shows, for instance), attaching the Rosetta Stone replica to a black matte pipe screwed into the bottom at a very slight forward angle.

The other end of the pipe will be screwed into a large granite-like resin base filled with sand -- or a flat piece of steel. We are currently working on the viability/stability of the base concepts and the pricing of the exhibition base ideas. We will also be developing exquisitely framed copies of the 1874 London Illustrated image -->

from The Freeman Institute History Collection

   It was originally thought by experts that the Rosetta Stone inscription was carved into basalt. But in recent years (after the cleaning in 2004) it has been determined that the genuine Rosetta Stone is actually granodiorite rock from an Aswan quarry (see samples below).

 Granodiorite / Main Rosetta Stone

    Coarse pinkish granite vein in upper
       left hand corner of Rosetta Stone
   GRANODIORITE: This is a strange, mixed rock. It has a high quartz content, like a granite, but also a high mafic (amphibole/biotite) content (10-25%) more like a diorite. Granodiorite is typically intermediate colored with a mixture of light colored microcline, sodium plagioclase and quartz, and dark colored amphibole and biotite. The granodiorite from Aswan, however, is unusual in that its mafic content is 25-35% and this gives the rock a dark gray to nearly black color that is broken only by the occasional, large pink microcline and white plagioclase crystals.

   We reached out to many geologists around the world trying to identify the specific variety of granodiorite used in the creation of the Rosetta Stone. Everyone we emailed stated that Dr. Harrell was the leading expert on the topic.

   For 20 years Dr. James "Jim" Harrell (Professor Emeritus of Geology, University of Toledo) has been conducting a survey of Egypt's ancient mines and quarries. To date 210 mines and quarries have been identified. Dr. Harrell, an expert in archaeological stone, has traveled extensively throughout the region (sometimes at great personal peril), discovering that about 75% of the quarries are in or adjacent to the Nile Valley, including the quarries for granite and granodiorite in the Aswan region.

   << The color chips to the left were selected by Dr. Harrell and shown here (with his permission) as the best samples from his collection, representing the truest examples of granodiorite from the Aswan region used to create the original Rosetta Stone. We have utilized his hi-rez images to create the filler used to color the replicas during the resin casting process.

   The Classic Rosetta, Classic Bronze, Classic Silver, Baby Rosetta and Hybrid Rosetta models are being fabricated by Mannetron, utilizing the Rotational Casting technology and will be hollow (about 1/2" thick, with an internal layer of high density foam), so that the shipping cost will be minimized. The foam will also strengthen the walls of each replica.

  The Classic Fine Art Bronze and Bronze Plaque models are being fabricated by a foundry. The Classic "Lost Wax" Bronze Rosetta model will be made of real bronze, using the "lost wax" process that is utilized for highly valued fine art pieces that are immortalized in like manner. These bronze models will be about 1/2" thick and will weigh 3-4 times more than the resin models. Consider developing a "Legacy" or "Lifetime Achievement" Award in your community. A Bronze Rosetta would be the ultimate award, prized by anyone who receives such an honor.

  Even though the main purpose for creating the Rosetta Stone Replicas has been to provide them as educational exhibits for the Black History galleries The Freeman Institute® Foundation is developing, there has been substantial interest from individuals and educational entities for purchasing certain models.

  These stunning, museum-quality replicas will be expensive. It has been a long process (4+ years)...bringing this project to the point where we are almost ready to start the fabrication of replicas fit for public exhibition. Ask about discounts, available only for educational institutions, libraries & museums.

  This is not a cheap "Made-In-China" assembly-line replica project. Nor is it a washed-out, flat resin copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of the face of the Stone, cast in someone's back yard.

  A close-up of the corner of the 3-D digital model

   Each Rosetta Stone replica (fabricated from a 1st-generation facsimile) is individually and lovingly hand crafted by artisans in an expert environment and will be as strong and as durable as a cultured marble-type counter top - 40% resin / 60% granodiorite filler.

  The shipping, handling (including the construction of secure wooden box for transport), and insurance costs will be borne by the buyer. The cost of S&H and insurance will be determined by the final destination to which the replica will be shipped and the least expensive (yet secure) method of shipping via a credible shipper (preferably by air).

  We absolutely guarantee that the replica will be delivered to the shipper in pristine condition. In the unlikely event of damage occurring during shipping...that will be taken up with the shipper's insurance company. The rule of thumb is that the quicker an object like this arrives, the less potential damage. Ground shipping will be the least-viable option.

   Feel free to email us with your thoughts and questions. We look forward to providing full-size, 3-D, museum-quality replicas of the Rosetta Stone very soon. Rosetta Classic, LLC is listed at the American Association of Museum's "Museum Marketplace." All purchases of the Rosetta Stone replicas through Rosetta Classic, LLC will benefit the goals and objectives of  The Freeman Institute Foundation (see more info below), which is directed by Dr. Joel Freeman. Excellence. Satisfaction guaranteed. Period.

  Feel free to take a look at the other Rosetta Stone-related items in The Freeman Institute® collection.





Here is a 3-D Digital Model of the Rosetta Stone
[provided by Direct Dimensions]
you will have to download software to view and manipulate the image


Main Purpose For Developing the Rosetta Stone Replicas


   The Freeman Institute® owns a Black History collection of well over 2,500 vintage documents and artifacts, with the oldest piece dated 1553. The goal is to develop Black History galleries, connecting the African American experience with galleries in major U.S. cities and in selected cities internationally (parts of Canada, Europe, Africa and South America and every Caribbean country) -- designed to educate and inspire this generation. Each gallery will have a wall dedicated to some of the White abolitionists who sacrificed their time...and some their lives for the anti-slavery cause. This vision also includes the exhibition of replicas of the Rosetta Stone in every gallery in the world. Dr. Joel Freeman, The Freeman Institute® Foundation and Rosetta Classic, LLC are supervising the creation of a mold and the fabrication of replicas.

   Why? A life-size, 3D reproduction of the Rosetta Stone in each gallery provides a literal touchstone to ancient times -- reminding people that Egypt is in Africa...not the Middle East -- giving an opportunity to showcase the accomplishments of other ancient African Kingdoms that have passed down much of their history through oral tradition (Ghanian, Songehay, Great Zimbabwe, Malian, etc.). The exhibition of the replica also provides a context for African American history, reminding visitors that ancient African history did not start with slavery. Black History started with inventiveness, creativity, royalty, perseverance and so much more...providing a context for all of the documents and artifacts exhibiting the part African Americans played in the past four centuries of American history.

The Freeman Institute®
Black History Gallery

2,000 sq ft gallery concept)


~ B L A C K   H I S T O R Y   G A L L E R I E S ~
Please contact us if you represent a corporation looking for sponsorship
opportunities (title or otherwise) of such an educational/inspirational project.


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82 Plates/Prints (from "Description de l'Egypte) from the Napoleonic Egyptian Campaign -- circa 1820

-- FOR MORE INFO: Dr. Freeman owns (and is willing to sell one at a time) 82 extremely rare original plates/prints ( from "Description de l'Égypte" from the Napoleonic Egyptian Campaign, circa 1820. These official plates/prints came from a huge lot sold in an auction in 2001, Paris -- the seller was the French Government -- from the cellars of the French Government Publications Office. Each one has the official "EGYPTE ANCIENNE ET MODERNE" watermark. Average plate/print size is 29 inches x 22 inches. Some of the plates in this collection are 56 inches long!

Description de l'Égypte

BACKGROUND: In 1798, Napoleon Bonaparte launched an expedition of 35,000 soldiers to conquer Egypt. The campaign revealed the splendor of a mysterious and forgotten civilization, for Napoleon's ships also carried scholars, scientists and artists whose task it was to study the country and its customs and document their findings for Napoleon. (Description de l'Égypte was the result of the collaboration of these prominent scholars, several famous European scientists, cartographers, topographers, and more than 160 artists and technicians. They accompanied Napoleon's army during Napoleon's expedition to Egypt in 1798. Their goal was to methodically collect information in areas as widely varied as architecture, geography, botany and the humanities. Description de l'Égypte was published in 23 volumes from 1809 to 1828 and includes 900+ plates.)  They were the biggest books ever produced in their day, and were made on a specially constructed press. The first volumes of engravings were presented to Napoleon in 1808. The beauty of engravings, and their very large formats makes Description de l'Égypte an exceptional work. The low number of copies made (~1000), its extremely high price, and very large physical size made the work accessible only to the very elite of society at that time. Even today, finding a complete copy is not easy. Only major libraries or state libraries are in the possession of such. Regions depicted/represented by the official plates in Dr. Freeman's collection are: Thebes, Karnak, El Kab, Medynet-Abou, Hypogees, Elethyia, Heptanomide, Beny-Hasan, Tentyris, Memnonium, Byban El Molouk, Latopolis, Ile de Philae, Edfou, Louqsor and much, much more...


Laser scanning the Rosetta Stone replica for the face of the 3-D digital model

Peter, at Direct Dimensions...Making sure that the laser is working properly.           Xystum XSM automatic 3-Axis machine




Here is a 3-D Digital Model of the Rosetta Stone
[provided by Direct Dimensions]
you will have to download software to view and manipulate the image




Photo Gallery -- 230 Photos!

Rosetta Stone Replica Project
Rosetta Stone
Box 305, Gambrills, Maryland 21054
TEL 410.991.9718     FAX 410.729.0353






Rosetta Stone in Situ
1895 image
from The Freeman Institute History Collection

1798 view of Sphinx of Giza...drawn by Vivant Denon.
from The Freeman Institute History Collection
-- order postcard of Sphinx of Giza

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