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5000 BCE: Cuneiform script developed by Sumerians.
 
3200 BCE: Hieroglyphic script developed in Egypt.
 
 
3150 BCE: Hieratic script develops following hieroglyphic script in Egypt.
 
3000 BCE: Cuneiform script refined.
 
2500 BCE: Earliest use of the Indus Script.
 
2000 BCE: Minoan hieroglyphic script is invented.
 
1700 BCE: Minoan Linear A script.
 
1600 BCE - 1000 BCE: Jiaguwen Script develops in China.
 
 
1450 BCE: Development of the Linear B script.
 
1000 BCE - 700 BCE: Dazhuan Script develops in China.
 
 
800 BCE: Earliest examples of Greek alphabetic script.
 
700 BCE: Xiaozhuan Script develops in China.
 
 
700 BCE: Demotic script replaces Hieratic script in Egypt, though Hieroglyphics still in use.
 
500 BCE: Lishu "Clerky Script" develops in China.
 
450 BCE - 350 BCE: Earliest recorded archaeological evidence of the Brahmi script found at Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.
 
196 BCE: The Rosetta Stone was made, a stela carrying a priestly decree from the reign of Ptolemy V in three languages: Egyptian hieroglyphs, demotic and Greek script.
 
 
100 BCE: Cuneiform abandoned for alphabetic script.
 
 
100 CE - 700 CE: Elder Futhark runic script in use by Germanic-speaking peoples.
 
 
350 CE: Coptic script developed with the rise of Christianity and earlier Egyptian scripts forgotten.
 
 
350 CE: Egyptian Literature is largely lost as Coptic Script is adopted and hieroglyphic script forgotten.
 
350 CE: Demise of the Kharosthi script.
 
 
500 CE - 1000 CE: Anglo-Saxon Futhorc (also Anglo-Frisian Futhorc) runic script in use, in England and Frisia.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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