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Written in Stone: The Rosetta Stone Exhibit

Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum
West Branch, IA

Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 9:00 a.m. to Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 4:30 p.m.


These rare original relics have survived from the very dawning of civilization. From ancient Sumer to the Holy Land, the eternally compelling mystery of the sudden appearance and rapid progression of urban life is traced through pottery, cylinder seals, cuneiform tablets, bronze and marble sculpture, currency, and weaponry from its distant origins in early Mesopotamia to Canaan, Egypt, Phoenicia, Greece, Palestine, Israel, and Rome. Recovered from the same period and region as the treasures of the Baghdad Museum, this breathtaking timeline of authentic artifacts includes some of the oldest idols and sacred representations of deities ever found. This magnificent collection features a rare cast of the famous Rosetta Stone and a replica of the mysterious Phaestos Disc.

The exhibit will also include displays about the Herbert and Lou's work of translating the De Re Metallica and treasures that they collected while traveling through Egypt. 

Regular Museum admission fees apply.



Rosetta Stone

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