Egypt Calls on British Museum to Return the Rosetta Stone

Fox 5
November 30, 2022

Nick O'Donnell was quoted in the article "Egypt Calls on British Museum to Return the Rosetta Stone," published by Fox 5 on November 30, 2022. The article discusses the increase in Egyptian demands that the British Museum repatriate the Rosetta Stone, one of many high-profile antiquities removed from Egypt during colonial rule. It is alleged by Egyptian authorities to have been removed under duress.

Nick explains that unless there is clear evidence an artifact was acquired illegally, repatriation is largely at the discretion of the museum, as no common international legal framework exists for such disputes. ‘‘Given the treaty and the timeframe," he says, "the Rosetta stone is a hard legal battle to win.’’ 

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