About the author

Editor, journalist and historian, Jonathan Downs is author of  The Industrial Revolution, Britain 1770-1810 (Shire 2010), Discovery at Rosetta (Constable 2008) – the first full account of the British acquisition of the Rosetta Stone in 1801 – and co-author of Sea-Soldier: The Letters and Journals of Maj T. M. Wybourn, RM, 1797-1813 (Parapress, 2000). He has been editor of Classic Arms, a specialist collectors’ and military history journal for five years, and has written a number of articles in periodicals including History Today. He is currently staying in Cape Town where he is writing his next book on Tipu Sahib, ‘The Tiger of Mysore’ and has given lectures on the history and future of the Rosetta Stone at the Egyptian Society of South Africa, the Archaeological Society of the Western Cape, the University of Stellenbosch and the University of Cape Town. His latest articles can be found in the July 2010 and May 2011 issues of the UK’s History Today magazine, his latest piece a commentary on the Egyptian protests and their impact on the future of the repatriation debate. He is currently preparing to present a documentary on the Rosetta Stone controversy with an international TV-film production unit, the work to be released in 2012. He can be contacted through the Heather Adams Literary Agency in the UK.