Lascaux cave paintings – 15,000-17,000 BCE

http://www.lascaux.culture.fr/?lng=en

Petroglyphs – 10,000 to 12,000 years ago, if not earlier

http://www.ancestral.com/meaning.html

 

Ishango Bone – approximately 20,000-25,000 years ago

http://afrolegends.com/2013/08/29/the-ishango-bone-craddle-of-mathematics/

 

Sumerian – 8,000 BC

http://www.britannica.com/topic/Sumerian-language

 

Cuneiform – 3200 BC

http://www.omniglot.com/writing/sumerian.htm

The cuneiform alphabet - Unbelievable Facts

 

Phoenician – 1500 BC

http://www.ancientscripts.com/phoenician.html

Phoenician Alphabet Origin - Phoenicians in Phoenicia

 

Hieroglyphics – c. 3200 BC – AD 400

http://www.ancient-egypt-online.com/ancient-egyptian-hieroglyphics.html

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Chinese calligraphy – 1,000 BC

http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/chcl/hd_chcl.htm

Easy Chinese Symbols And Meanings | Chinese symbol tattoos, Chinese symbols, Chinese tattoo

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Greek alphabet – 1000 BC

http://www.greek-language.com/Alphabet.html

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Roman alphabet

http://www.ancientscripts.com/latin.html

Free Roman And Greek Looking Fonts - 36 Examples | Roman alphabet, Lettering alphabet fonts, Tattoo fonts alphabet

 

Rosetta Stone – 196 BC

https://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/online_tours/museum_and_exhibition/audio_description_tour/the_rosetta_stone.aspx

 

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Column of Trajan – 113 BC

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/trajan-column/

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Book of Kells – 800 AD

http://www.tcd.ie/Library/manuscripts/book-of-kells.php

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Leaf from a Beatus Manuscript: the Fourth Angel Sounds the Trumpet and an Eagle Cries Woe – 945 AD

http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/466204

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Labors of the Months from the Très Riches Heures – 1400-1500 AD

http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/labors-of-the-months-from-the-tres-riches-heures/

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http://visual.ly/history-typography

 

 

 

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