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adaptation Alphabet Museum alphabetic writing ancient approximately Arabic Aramaic alphabet Assyrian Aztec Babylonian boustrophedon Brahmi Byblos characters Chinese script Chinese writing civilisation consonants Cretan Crete culture cuneiform cuneiform script cursive Cypriote syllabary decipherment demotic earliest Early Canaanite Early Hebrew Easter Island eastern Egypt Egyptian hieroglyphic Egyptian hieroglyphic writing eighth century B.C. Etruscan Etruscan alphabet extant fifth century B.C. form of writing Greek alphabet Hebrew script Hittite Hittite hieroglyphic ideograms ideographic indigenous Indo/European Indus Valley Script inscribed inscriptions invention Japanese kana kind Lachish language Latin alphabet letters Linear Mayan script Minoan minuscule modern monumental Mycenaean Nabataean ninth century North/Semitic offshoots origin Palestine papyrus period Persian Phaistos Disc Phoenician phonetic values pictographic Plate represent right to left Roman scholars Schrift scribes Semitic alphabet seventh century B.C. signs Slavonic Square Hebrew stele stone style Sumerian syllable symbols Syria system of writing tablets tion Ugarit vowels word written