Full-size, museum-quality, life-size hand-crafted 3-D Rosetta Stone Replica for Sale

Full-Size, 3-D Replicas
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Rosetta  Stone

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       Experts inspecting the Rosetta Stone during the International Congress of Orientalists, 1874




Dr. Joel Freeman explains the historical significance of the famous Rosetta Stone to a group in Maryland

Dr. Joel Freeman on Canadian TV talking about items from his Rosetta Stone collection

One of our Rosetta Stone replicas used on the Vancouver movie set of "Night At The Museum 3"

Dr. Freeman was the keynote speaker at the recent "Ft Meade Joint Language Wars" held outside near the plane exhibit on the campus at the National Security Agency. This is the Olympics competition for language experts from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. He exhibited the Classic Rosetta Jr model (2/3 the size of the original Rosetta Stone -- approx 30" tall x 20" wide x 7.5" thick, 25 lbs). Everyone loved this new model. TOPIC: the history behind the cracking of the code to hieroglyphics and its historical impact on what these elite warriors do every day for America's national security.


Rosetta  Stone  Replica Project  ~





The Rosetta Stone replica is now being exhibited at the National Cryptologic Museum, right next to the National Security Agency (Ft. Meade, MD). Dr. Freeman has spoken at a number of events at NSA -- some sponsored by the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation -- about the Rosetta Stone and its impact on Cryptology..


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Anyone interested in archaeology,
Egyptology, cryptology, publishing,
IT security, geology, science, writing,
mathematics, translation work and/or
languages understands the
significance of this famous artifact.


UPDATE: The Freeman Institute Foundation is now in the beginning stages of launching "The Mysterious Rosetta Stone" -- a 5,000 sq. ft. exhibit that will travel around North America for 7 years (three 12-week venues per year).

   In its beginning stages, this project will be filled with jaw-dropping technological wonders that will cause kids of all ages to drag their parents to it. Museums and Science Centers around the USA and Canada will lease the exhibit and millions of people will have way too much fun learning about the historical drama surrounding the Rosetta Stone and its impact on problem solving and cracking codes of all kinds.

  Once the first exhibit is fabricated, we will then have the template to create any number of exhibits to set up separate "orbits" throughout Europe, South America, Africa, SE Asia, China, and more. Let us know your contact info (email) if you have any thoughts or ideas...and we will respond with a rather comprehensive overview. Looking forward to having a conversation with you. Check out this website for more info -- RosettaZone 

(5,000 sq.ft.) -- Artistic rendering of one of the Zones


  Watch this unique 90 second "whiteboard" video.

The “Rosetta Stone," as it is known, has become a metaphor...
                                                                                               ...a metaphor for anything that is important to the process of decryption or the unraveling of a complex problem -- cracking a code of some sort. Perhaps even a universal metaphor for hope, creativity and perseverance for many who are trying to learn a new language, attempting to solve a relational puzzle, or seeking to decipher the cryptic issues of these tough economic times. Or, let's look at it from another perspective -- What if we have been able to "crack the code" to the development of what some might call the Rosetta Stone of replicas?


        View from west bank of the
          Nile at the Ft. Rashid site
(photo by Dr. Joel A. Freeman)

   The Rosetta Stone is much more than a roughly gouged, nicked rock that appears like it was shoved down the side of a mountain -- it is the key to an ancient civilization and a modern symbol of human discovery, conquest, and scholarship.


   Even if you are quite knowledgeable about the Rosetta Stone, perhaps you will learn some new things by the time you have finished reading this page. Plus, you just might know of someone who may want to exhibit a stunning, museum-quality replica (45" tall x 30" wide x 11" thick, 95 lbs, 1:1) of the Rosetta Stone. Email or call (410.729.4011) for more information about hosting an exhibition for educational purposes. Airports. Shopping Malls. Museums. Public Libraries. Conventions. And other venues...

   You'll see the comparison between the real thing and the replica below, along with six distinctive & distinguishing features of this project. Review the eight innovations of the Rosetta Stone below, including a planned 3-D holographic image. You'll be pleasantly surprised. But first, let's take a step back in time...

   The Rosetta Stone was/is an irregularly shaped slab of granodiorite rock weighing about 1,700 pounds. The face has 14 lines of hieroglyphs (It is estimated that there were 29 lines prior to breakage), 32 lines of cursive Demotic, and, at the bottom, 54 lines of ancient Greek (language introduced after the conquest of Egypt by Alexander the Great). All proclaim the same message (feel free to read it later).

   Historian, Richard Moore states, "The French attempt to exert influence over Egypt was due to economics, a political need to weaken Britain and the personal needs of General Napoleon Bonaparte, who saw the shadow of unemployment - and a loss of influence - looming as his armies in Italy were nearing the end of their successful struggles against Austria. Having seen the benefits of Britain's profitable colonies, France's Directory listened to Bonaparte's idea to invade Egypt, expel the ruling Marmalukes and establish a modern style of government friendly toward French ways."

   The Napoleonic Egyptian Campaign started in 1798. In 1799, as French soldiers were preparing to build the foundation for Fort Julian (later known as Fort Rashid) on the West Bank of the Nile, the soldiers found the Rosetta Stone (see photo above). That village, called Rashid, was translated as “Rosetta;” hence the name.

   The Greek text was quickly translated and the last line of the Greek text impacted everyone who read it:  "This decree shall be inscribed on a stela of hard stone in sacred (hieroglyph) and native (demotic script) and Greek characters...." This meant that a parallel version of the same text was presented in all three languages! The Stone was deemed to be priceless! Everyone quickly recognized that the Rosetta Stone could very well unlock the secrets to ancient Egypt.

   The ability to read hieroglyphs had been lost for almost two centuries, but now they had hope of understanding this ancient language.

rosetta stone replicas

Dr. Joel A. Freeman officially launched
The Rosetta Stone Replica Project
at the
Library of Congress

with the presentation
The Mysterious Rosetta Stone


 Ptolemy V

   The stone, a fragment of an ancient slab proclaiming the “Memphis Decree” in 196 BC, praised the Egyptian king Ptolemy V on the first anniversary of his coronation. (At the time, Ptolemy was no more than 13 or 14 years of age.) Even though the British defeated the French, a battle of intrigue followed.

   In September 1801 English Colonel Turner, who had fought and won at Aboukir Bay and Alexandria, went to visit General Menou to take the stone back to Britain under the terms of the Treaty of Capitulation. Turner cited the 16th article of the treaty, and Menou handed it over grudgingly. The French had the foresight to make several copies of the inscriptions, which served them well after the British acquired the stone.

   Both the French and the British knew they had something valuable on their hands, but it would take years to crack the code inscribed on the Rosetta Stone. Only then would its true worth be revealed.

   Scholar, Margie Parent writes, " the spasmodic voyage from Egypt to England, many of the Egyptian antiquities were damaged. Because of the importance of the Rosetta Stone, however Colonel Turner personally accompanied this precious cargo on its journey aboard a frigate. The Rosetta stone left Egypt from Alexandria and sailed into the English Channel in February 1802. At Deptford the stone was placed in a small boat and taken through customs. It was [initially] lodged at the quarters of the Society of Antiquaries so experts could examine it...."

  The Rosetta Stone, on display in the British Museum, has text inscribed on it that permanently tells a story. On the left side, the painted text reads: "Captured in Egypt by the British Army in 1801." On right side it reads: "Presented by King George III."

   The hieroglyphic images were studied by many (Johan David Akerblad, Silvestre de Sacy, Rev. Stephen Weston, Dr. Thomas Young, et al), but the Rosetta Stone was ultimately deciphered in 1822 (approximately 23 years later) by Jean-Francois Champollion (see image), the brilliant French academic who specialized in ancient languages of the Middle East.

Jean Francois Champollion
Jean Champollion

The Mysterious Rosetta Stone
A Code-Crackin'
International Treasure


Dr. Freeman in available to speak at your organization about the history of the Rosetta Stone. Many corporate groups  and government agencies love the presentation:

The Mysterious Rosetta Stone Cracking the Code to
Your Team's Success


   Champollion compared the three texts, all stating the same Decree. Since these three languages were all used at the time, the Decree had to be “published” in all of them.

   Champollion could read both Greek and Coptic. He was able to figure out what the seven demotic signs in Coptic were. By looking at how these signs were used in Coptic he was able to work out what they stood for. Then he began tracing these demotic signs back to hieroglyphic signs. By working out what some hieroglyphs stood for, he could make educated guesses about what the other hieroglyphs stood for.

   Given such a rich history, it's makes even more sense when we see contemporary "non-weird" examples of the "Rosetta Stone metaphor" being utilized in genomics, science, language learning, translation work, math, cryptology, space exploration and IT security. For instance, the RSA Conference has used the "Rosetta Stone: Security Decoded" as their 2010 conference theme in Europe, Japan and the USA. The RSA Conference is the largest forum in the world for cryptographers to gather and share the latest knowledge and advancements in the area of internet security. There's no doubt that IT professionals have a special connection with the Rosetta Stone as they attempt to stay ahead of the global security threats perpetrated by hackers.

   Here's another quick example: In 2004 the European Space Agency (ESA) stated, "Just as the Rosetta Stone provided the key to an ancient civilization, so ESA's Rosetta spacecraft will unlock the mysteries of the oldest building blocks of our Solar System – the comets. As the worthy successor of Champollion and Young, Rosetta will allow scientists to look back 4600 million years to an epoch when no planets existed and only a vast swarm of asteroids and comets surrounded the Sun." Somehow, its connection to space exploration makes sense, doesn't it?

Rosetta: ESA's new comet chaser
Rosetta Orbiter

The personal & collective impact of the Rosetta Stone is at once timeless & universal.
What is your connection to the significance of this intriguing stone?

   Bottom Line: The overwhelming importance of the translation of the Rosetta Stone is that it made it possible to read hundreds of hieroglyph inscriptions on tombs, obelisks and other ancient objects. Let's take an "easy-to-understand" look at the meaning of the text found on the Rosetta Stone (below).


1st-generation cast of the
Rosetta Stone owned by
The Freeman Institute

The Freeman Institute
History Collection

   OVERVIEW: The text on the Rosetta Stone gives us a glimpse into Egyptian life -- ripped out of the headlines -- recounting the many decrees of Ptolemy V upon the anniversary of his reign (196 BC). During the previous year, Ptolemy had succeeded in subduing a rebellion by a certain temple and priesthood who had refused to pay tithes and taxes to the Pharaoh. They occupied a fort-like temple on the banks of the Nile. Rather than attacking the temple with his army, Ptolemy diverted the Nile River around the Temple by damming, digging trenches and canals around it, depriving them of food and water.

  A few months later, the rebel priesthood surrendered. Ptolemy decreed a general amnesty for the rebels (except for the leaders). He allowed many of the priests to retain their homes and wealth, decreed a national celebration of the jubilee of his reign and gave the people a tax break (for real!). Ptolemy also declared himself a deity to be worshipped in all temples of Egypt, with a facsimile of himself in stone to be the object of veneration with the burning of incense and prayer 3 times per day.

   His final decree was that the entire record of this adventure be inscribed in stone in the three languages of the kingdom and that the decree should be placed prominently in all temples in Egypt and other important places and towns. Hence the Rosetta Stone.









   The story behind the Rosetta Stone was intriguing all by itself, but the cracking of the code of the hieroglyphs was enormously important for understanding the history and culture of
ancient Egypt, thus revealing details of a civilization going back close to 4,000 years BC.


Inscription images are from the face of the Classic Rosetta replica



Demotic Script



   Let's fast forward to the 20th Century. As you probably know, the genuine Rosetta Stone is housed at the British Museum in London. In the 1970’s, the British Museum made a mold of the full face of the authentic Rosetta Stone, and cast a small number of first-generation reproductions.


   And now, the 21st Century. The Freeman Institute obtained one of these facsimiles (see image above, to the left) from a gentleman who was informed by the British Museum that only 12-15 first-generation replicas had ever been made, and that he had acquired the last one. (It had been stored in the basement of the British Museum and the museum cleaned it before selling it to him.)

   It is a first-generation, full-size, life-size facsimile (in black resin) with the characters in white (carnauba wax and chalk compound), made from a direct mold of the original Rosetta Stone face. The size of the casting is approximately 40 inches in height, 30 inches in width, and the resin is molded so that it has two-inch sides.


  A representative of the British Museum Company (in charge of sales & marketing for the British Museum) emailed the  following: “Unfortunately we do not have any records of how many Rosetta Stone casts were produced. However, (we) estimate that it would have been two or three a year (in the 1970s) at the very most.”

  Based upon the emailed correspondence and other anecdotal evidence, it is safe to say there are relatively few full-size, first-generation facsimiles of the face of the Rosetta Stone (manufactured in the 1970s) that exist in the entire world.








The Stone That Told The Sphinx's Secrets


How would you like to
exhibit a full-size, 3-D
replica of the Rosetta Stone?

Email or call (410.729.4011) for more information about hosting an exhibition for educational purposes.


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

We have "cracked the code" to the development of a full-size, 3-D replica
which bears a remarkable resemblance to that of the original Rosetta Stone.

Which one is the real Rosetta Stone and which one is the replica?

~ view the replica below ~

  "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 Rosetta"







The Freeman Institute Foundation  ~


B A C K G R O U N D          T E C H N O L O G Y          B A C K G R O U N D

   The arduous process of developing these replicas has been time-consuming and expensive -- taking well over five 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.


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

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
Development of by Denice Rhodes, President of
Metal artisan, Ray Santa...owner and CEO of
Dave Saraiva (thanks for the link) at
Eugene DeMuro (President) for etching the face of the Classic, Jr. model at Mech-Tronics.

Hear script/read text provided by David Asheim (President) and team at Guide By Cell
Call 415-294-3619 (then dial 1#, then 2#, and then 3# to hear more).  Text "Rosetta Tour" to 56512 for text tour.



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.


Making of Pedestal Base

Making of Mold

Classic, Jr Model -- Brand New!
2/3 size, 3-D (approx 30" tall x 20" wide x 7.5" thick, 25 lbs)
Only one like this in the world.

Classic, Jr. model showcased in the "Guide By Cell" booth
at a recent American Alliance of Museums (AAM) expo

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 have now developed a smaller (2/3 size) 3D model I am calling, “Classic, Jr” (30” tall x 20” wide x 7.5” thick). It is now ready.

   But your school district has a tight budget. (That's the reality pretty much everywhere.)

   The Rosetta Stone is all about cracking codes and solving problems. The students can approach this entire project as a problem-solving experience – “We want a replica for our school. What kind of individual and collective steps must we implement to solve this puzzle?

   I do have an idea. Once the Classic, Jr. model is ready, perhaps you can set it up it as a funding project -- getting students involved with social media, and other media (TV stations, radio stations, etc.). The local media will love showcasing this project on the evening news, especially if students are truly involved with the planning. You can use some psychology to make it their idea. And then they will drive it. 

   Draw people to your fund-raising page dedicated to this project, asking them to donate so that you can purchase a model for educational purposes. This way the entire community is involved.
   Perhaps you can even make it fun by allowing people who have donated more than $100 to be able to have the replica in their home for 3 days. Once the replica has made the rounds to all of the $100 donors, the replica will be permanently displayed at your school.

   I believe that this will be a sensational project that will create quite a buzz throughout your community. The exhibition tour of the replica at various companies who have donated 100 bucks will be a media draw all buy itself! And if they donate $200 they get to exhibit the replica for 6 days. Every $100 donation buys the 3 days for them to exhibit the replica.

   Finding people and/or companies to donate $100 each. That’s a piece of cake!!! Plus, you are teaching entrepreneurship and the power of positive thinking/planning/action to your students. That lesson may be perhaps the most important and most unforgettable lesson they can take with them into adulthood.
   Actually this concept could catch on with schools all around the country.
   The best site to do this is: – There is no limit on the amount of time that you can have the fund-raising campaign.
   Two other fund-raising sites allow only 60 days to do the campaign –  and – While having to limit your fund-raising time can be a healthy catalyst, you may need extra time to generate publicity for such a project.
   I have now discovered how much the Classic, Jr. models cost. Email me, letting me know of your interest and I will help with some brainstorming ideas...Regards, Joel



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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 4-6 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. Joel A. Freeman has an intriguing presentation
"The Mysterious Rosetta Stone."
You can bring the "Rosetta Stone Man," Dr. Freeman (
bio), to your organization
to make a highly visual & educational presentation/exhibition about the
historical & contemporary significance of the Rosetta Stone.
email info

Email or call (410.729.4011) for more information about hosting an exhibition for educational purposes.

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

Rosetta Stone replica: 45" tall x 30" wide x 11" thick, 95 lbs.   Pedestal Exhibition Base: 30" tall x 30" wide, 150 lbs.

"Classic Rosetta"




3-D Replica

of the


Rosetta Stone



Photo by Dan Champness

Many photographs on this page © Copyright 2010 by Daniel Champness II and Rosetta Classic, LLC. All rights reserved.
Email for permission. Hi-rez images for sale.

Exhibition Pedestal Base Concept

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

Metal piece designed by Chesapeake Iron Works
to securely attach the replica to the exhibition

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

One moment it's a coffee table. The next moment it's wall art!

  TOP: White lettering.(40" long x 30" wide x 2.5" thick, 40 lbs.). The shape and depth of the top goes with the natural flow of the Rosetta Stone replica.

  BASE/LEGS: One piece welded metal construction with twisted metal connecting the legs. The metal is covered with a matte black finish. This is just one design concept for the coffee table base (by Metal artisan, Ray Santa...owner and CEO of ).

Beautiful piece of archaeological wall art

Hybrid Rosetta Coffee Table

~ Or a beautiful piece of archaeological wall art ~
White lettering.(40" long x 30" wide x 2.5" thick, 40 lbs.).
The shape and depth of the top goes with the natural flow of the Rosetta Stone replica.


~  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


   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.


Close-up corner view of Classic Rosetta replica,
revealing the exquisite hieroglyphic inscription and rose-
colored band of granodiorite. Excellent craftsmanship.

   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.

Dave D'Auria (NCMF) and Joel Freeman
at the The Mysterious Rosetta Stone
presentation for National Security Agency

  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

Email or call (410.729.4011) for more information about hosting an exhibition for educational purposes.


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)


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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 on the 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



Evidently the "Night At The Museum 3" cast had fun on their UK adventure, with co-star Ben Stiller tweeting this
pic of Robins Williams goofing off in costume next to the original Rosetta Stone at the British Museum.
"Saw this guy hanging out by the Rosetta Stone at British Museum last night."

In a USA Today article (July 27, 2014), co-star, Dan Stevens described the surreal scene of having late-night
conversations next to the Rosetta Stone with Robin Williams during night shoot breaks in the museum. Stiller, too, was
wowed by having "access to this incredible place that you would just never have a chance to walk around by yourself."

One of our Rosetta Stone replicas used on the movie set of "Night At The Museum 3" in Vancouver

Compare the replica with the original Rosetta Stone above next to Robin Williams



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Rosetta Stone Replica Project

Box 305, Gambrills, Maryland 21054
TEL 410.991.9718     FAX 410.729.0353

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Important Egyptian Discoveries

  • Rosetta Stone discovered in 1799. This led to the decipherment of Egyptian hieroglyphics.
  • Merneptah's Stele. First mention of "Israel" in Egyptian texts. Stele dates to about 1210 BC.
  • Amarna Letters (14th century BC). Letters written from Canaanite scribes in Akkadian to king Akhenaten about the conditions in Canaan, especially the troublesome Hapiru which probably refers to the Hebrews.
  • Inscriptions at Karnak. Karnak is the largest temple complex in the world. There also may be the earliest depiction of the Israelites.
  • Mortuary Temple of Rameses III at Medinet Habu. It depicts the battle with the Sea People. One of the five groups of Sea Peoples was the Philistines. There are carvings of what the Philistines looked like.

Important Egyptian Texts

  • Tale of Two brothers. This story is similar to the story of Joseph in Genesis when he is tempted.
  • Seven Lean Years Tradition in the time of Djoser. Similar to the seven years of lean in the story of Joseph.
  • Sinuhe's Story. Tells of his time in Canaan.
  • Wenamun's Journey. Tells of his trip to Byblos in Canaan.
  • Amenemope's Wisdom. Similar to Proverbs 22:17-24:22.
  • Hymn to Aten which parallels Psalm 104.
  • Elephantine Papyri. Letters from Jewish exile.







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

Rosetta Stone Replica Exhibition
Modern image
We tried to mimic as close as possible how the exhibit looked in the 1800s







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