Rosetta Stone | Britta Benson

Photograph by Britta Benson

Each mark, a window.

Rock weathers forgetfulness.

Echoes seal the deal.

When the Rosetta Stone was discovered in 1799, nobody knew how to read Egyptian hieroglyphs any more. The stone is composed of three versions of a decree, issued in Memphis, Egypt, in 196 BC: Hieroglyphs on the top, Demotic (the everyday script of literate Egyptians) in the middle and Ancient Greek at the bottom. The Ancient Greek script provided a valuable key to deciphering the hieroglyphs.

Britta Benson is a circus skills instructing German, a writer, performer and linguist thriving in Scotland, her chosen habitat since the year 2000. She runs a creative writing group, The Procrastinators, and writes a daily blog, Britta’s Blog – Letters from Scotland ( as well as her poetry blog, Odds & Ends ( She also stares out of her window a lot and drinks far too much tea.


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