Gupta — 400 AD, India

Gupta "sa"

Gupta was an immediate descendant of Brahmi, used in Northern India from about 400-800 AD, and the forerunner of many important scripts of Northern India and the Himalaya.

The Gupta empire was very powerful and important.  “Gupta” is still a common name in India today.

Surviving examples of the script are mostly on stone and iron pillars, and on gold coins.  If you want to leave a message for the future, stamping it on coins is probably a good way to do it.  (I am a little concerned that future archeologists will think that Canadians worshiped loons, beavers, and moose, and that Americans spoke Latin.)

Links: Wikipedia, Ancient Scripts, Omniglot, Indic writing systems comparison

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  5. Tamfang says:

    Thanks for the comparison link. Nifty.

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