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'Digital Heist' Recaptures the Rosetta Stone

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the Rosetta Stone at the British Museum in London

Developers are creating a digital representation of the Rosetta Stone currently on display at the British Museum.

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A collective of designers in London have "digitally repatriated" the Rosetta Stone by creating a three-dimensional digital representation of the relic that people can access without physically going to the British Museum.

In March, members of the Looty collective and an Egyptologist 3D-scanned the relic in the museum with iPads, converting it into an augmented reality installation at Fort Qaitbay in the Egyptian city of Rashid, where the Stone is believed to have been found by members of Napoleon's army. Visitors to the AR installation can scan a quick response code to see a high-definition Rosetta Stone on their smartphone screens with a translation of its inscriptions and historical information.

Chidirim Nwaubani and Ahmed Abokor say they founded Looty to virtually reclaim artifacts in Western museums that were plundered during colonial times. The real Rosetta Stone is displayed at the British Museum.

From The New York Times
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