Start at the beginning
- developed by illiterate(s)
- Evolved slowly from parent
- first in its area
- inventor known
- language unknown
- mercantile script
- National pride
- now ceremonial
- previous script didn't quite work
- private or secret
- probably developed by illiterate(s)
- probably first in its area
- Rating: 1 "Dull, only here for completeness"
- Rating: 2 "Not all that interesting"
- Rating: 3 "I did not know that"
- Rating: 4 "Huh, interesting!"
- Rating: 5 "Whoa!!"
- revealed in a dream
- significant female influence
- spiritual or supernatural
- technology influenced
Category Archives: first in its area
Elder Futhark, an early runic script, was definitely used in 160AD in Denmark.Â Based on linguistic clues, some people think that it is much older. One of the clues cited is that it is written both left-to-right and right-to-left, like … Continue reading
The Brahmi script had two major branches: a northern branch (frequently called Ashokan Brahmi, after the king who put up the Edicts of Ashoka) and a southern (frequenly called Tamil-Brahmi).Â So far, all the Brahmi-derived scripts that I have described … Continue reading
The Incan empire was very large, very powerful, lasted for a very long time, yet had no writing system — apparently.Â This seemed odd. However, even the conquering Spaniards recognized that the Incas did have a way of storing accounting … Continue reading
Like the Sumerians and the Egyptians, the Harappans inhabited a fertile river valley (this one in Pakistan) in around 3300 BC.Â Like in the Middle East, the Harappans developed a sophisticated civilization.Â Like in the Middle East, the Harappans put … Continue reading
Written Chinese is, by some measures, the most successful writing system on the planet.Â It has persisted for thousands of years and is still in use today.Â While it has gone through a number of distinct changes, those changes have … Continue reading
There are some cases where there are symbols that experts can’t definitively agree are or are not writing. Â Maybe the symbols are just decoration. Vinca is one such script, found on pottery and figurines in modern-day Serbia and adjoining countries … Continue reading