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To address the question about Egyptian Hieroglyphics, we can be sure that our readings are mostly correct. The initial key to reading them was the Rosetta Stone, which had the same text in three different languages, two of which we already knew how to read. Figuring out written Egyptian was not simple, because the script works rather differently from most ...


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Of course we cannot be sure. Even for relatively public recent events, with TV reporters recording whatever the camera was pointed at and access to government records, we can't know what wasn't recorded or if the people who wrote the records misrepresented the truth. What you call "theoretical" might be better described as "taking a critical ...


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