1-2pm (UK) / 2-3pm (Egypt) | This lecture will be recorded, register to be sent a video link

This Tuesday Spotlight lecture within our wider theme of 'The Walls Speak' will present the significance of the Rosetta Stone within the broader context of deciphering Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs.

Egyptology knows only of two contested "Rosettas": the stone and the find-spot usually linked with the two "Ds": decipherment and discovery. But modern Egypt knows of a third uncontested Rosetta: Rashid linked with the two "Cs": community and colonialism. While the first two are famous worldwide despite their status and stories being incomplete, the third, Rashid, barely made Egyptology's top hits despite it being a living encapsulation of Egypt's multi-layered heritage - a living heritage buzzing with continuity and change. In this talk, we will set the record straight reclaiming the Rosetta living in and within Egypt today.


Egyptian Egyptologist Heba Abd el Gawad is the project researcher for the AHRC funded project: 'Egypt’s Dispersed Heritage: Views from Egypt' at the Institute of Archaeology, University College of London aimed at amplifying the voice, visibility, and validity of modern Egyptian communities in UK museums. She has previously led various curatorial roles in the UK including co-curating Two Temple Place’s 2016 'Beyond Beauty: Transforming the Body in Ancient Egypt' exhibition, project curator of the British Museum’s Asyut Project, and more recently has guest curated 'Listen to her! Turning up the Volume on Egypt’s Ordinary Women' exhibition at the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology. She specialises in the history of Egyptian archaeology focusing on the past and present Egyptian perceptions and representations of the collection and distribution of archaeological finds from Egypt to the world.

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