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Thousands of Egyptians are demanding that the British Museum return the Rosetta stone. The bilingual carvings on the relic proved to be the breakthrough in the decipherment of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics after being unearthed by colonialists in Egypt in 1799. The stone is the centerpiece of a new exhibition at London’s largest museum, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the stone's decipherment. The Rosetta Stone is one of over 100,000 Egyptian and Sudanese relics housed in the British Museum. Thousands of Egyptians are demanding the black granite slab's return. The museum says it obtained the stone lawfully.

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This undated photo provided by the British Museum, shows the Rosetta Stone, the centerpiece of a new exhibition at London’s largest museum titled, "Hieroglyphs unlocking ancient Egypt," celebrating the 200th anniversary of the stone's decipherment, at the British Museum, in London. Thousands of Egyptians are demanding that the British Museum return the Rosetta stone. The bilingual carvings on the stone proved to be the breakthrough in the decipherment of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics after being unearthed by colonialists in Egypt in 1799. (The British Museum via AP)

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A woman takes photos next to the painting by Ukrainian artist Vasyl Sedliar called 'Portrait of Oksana Pavlenko' during the inauguration of the Ukraine art exposition at the Thyssen-Bornemisza museum in Madrid, Spain, Monday, Nov. 28, 2022. Against a backdrop of Russian attacks, border closures and a nail-biting journey across Europe, Madrid's Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum has teamed up with Kyiv's National Art Museum of Ukraine to secretly bring dozens of Ukrainian 20th century avant garde artworks by road to the Spanish capital for a unique exhibition and statement of support for the war-torn country. (AP Photo/Paul White)

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A woman takes photo of the painting by Ukrainian artist Viktor Palmov called 'The 1st of May' during the inauguration of the Ukraine art exposition at the Thyssen-Bornemisza museum in Madrid, Spain, Monday, Nov. 28, 2022. Against a backdrop of Russian attacks, border closures and a nail-biting journey across Europe, Madrid's Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum has teamed up with Kyiv's National Art Museum of Ukraine to secretly bring dozens of Ukrainian 20th century avant garde artworks by road to the Spanish capital for a unique exhibition and statement of support for the war-torn country. (AP Photo/Paul White)

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A man looks at artwork by Ukrainian artist Vasyl Yermilov called 'Nove Mystetstvo' during the inauguration of the Ukraine art exposition at the Thyssen-Bornemisza museum in Madrid, Spain, Monday, Nov. 28, 2022. Against a backdrop of Russian attacks, border closures and a nail-biting journey across Europe, Madrid's Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum has teamed up with Kyiv's National Art Museum of Ukraine to secretly bring dozens of Ukrainian 20th century avant garde artworks by road to the Spanish capital for a unique exhibition and statement of support for the war-torn country. (AP Photo/Paul White)

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Paintings by Ukrainian artists are displayed during the inauguration of the Ukraine art exposition at the Thyssen-Bornemisza museum in Madrid, Spain, Monday, Nov. 28, 2022. Against a backdrop of Russian attacks, border closures and a nail-biting journey across Europe, Madrid's Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum has teamed up with Kyiv's National Art Museum of Ukraine to secretly bring dozens of Ukrainian 20th century avant garde artworks by road to the Spanish capital for a unique exhibition and statement of support for the war-torn country. (AP Photo/Paul White)

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A pianist plays in front of a painting by Ukrainian artist Oleksandr Bohomazov called 'Sharpening of the Saws', seen on right, during the inauguration of the Ukraine art exposition at the Thyssen-Bornemisza museum in Madrid, Spain, Monday, Nov. 28, 2022. Against a backdrop of Russian attacks, border closures and a nail-biting journey across Europe, Madrid's Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum has teamed up with Kyiv's National Art Museum of Ukraine to secretly bring dozens of Ukrainian 20th century avant garde artworks by road to the Spanish capital for a unique exhibition and statement of support for the war-torn country. (AP Photo/Paul White)

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A violinist and a pianist play in front of a painting by Ukrainian artist Oleksandr Bohomazov called 'Sharpening of the Saws', seen at right, during the inauguration of the Ukraine art exposition at the Thyssen-Bornemisza museum in Madrid, Spain, Monday, Nov. 28, 2022. Against a backdrop of Russian attacks, border closures and a nail-biting journey across Europe, Madrid’s Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum has teamed up with Kyiv’s National Art Museum of Ukraine to secretly bring dozens of Ukrainian 20th century avant-garde artworks to the Spanish capital for a unique exhibition and a show of support for the war-torn country. (AP Photo/Paul White)