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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.