Examples of writing systems ("alphabets", hieroglyphs etc) from all over the world, visible in inscriptions or manuscripts.
World Heritage Sites connected to 'Writing systems':
Aksum Ezana Stone (written in Ge'ez (the ancient Ethiopian language), Sabaean (South Arabian) and Greek) ; linkAl-Hijr From the Advisory body evaluation "Epigraphic traces of the pre-Nabataean period remain,and consist of some fifty inscriptions in Lihyanite script,which is specific to northern Arabia," and its conclusion "Through its epigraphy, the site bears testimony to the presence of many ancient languages over the course of history: Lihyanite, Talmudic script, Nabataean, Greek and Latin. It is of outstanding interest for the study of the origins and development of later Arabic languages and scripts." ; linkAncient Thebes with its Necropolis Champollion came here and developed some of the ideas which led to his decipherment of the scriptAshur Source of more than 16000 cuneiform tabletsBirka and Hovgarden Runic scriptBisotun Inscription in Elamite, Babylonian and Old PersianByblos Byblos is also directly associated with the history and diffusion of the Phoenician alphabet. (AB ev)Caral-Supe oldest QuipuCopan Includes hieroglyphic textsDougga/Thugga Libyan, Punic, Greek, Roman inscriptions at the site led to the decipherment of the Libyan languageHattusha The Hittites used cuneiform letters. Archaeological expeditions have discovered in Hattushash entire sets of royal archives in cuneiform tablets, written either in Akkadian, the diplomatic language of the time, or in the various dialects of the Hittite confederation (wiki)Jelling Runic scriptMeroe Meroe script; linkMoenjodaro Indus Valley scriptures (one of the oldest in the world)Mtskheta "Of special significance are early inscriptions, which form a valuable reference in the study of the origins of the early Georgian alphabet."Neolithic Orkney Maes Howe - one of the largest, and most famous, collections of runes known in Europe.Oaxaca and Monte Alban Montealban - Zapotec HieroglyphsOhrid Region Slavic writing culture (and early Cyrillic alphabet)Old Town of Lijiang Naxi script (pictograms)Orkhon Valley Early 8th-century Turkic memorials to Bilge Khan and Kul Tigin with their Orkhon inscriptions are admittedly the most impressive monuments from the nomadic G?kt?rk Empire.Palenque Temple of InscriptionsPetroglyphs of the Mongolian Altai Turkic Period (7th-9th c. CE): "To this period, also, belong a number of runic inscriptions." (AB ev)Quirigua Contains Maya glyphsRapa Nui Rongorongo scriptSigiriya Sigiriya Graffiti, early Sinhala writing systemSukhothai King Ramkamhang's Inscription - Early Thai AlphabetsTikal National Park Several hieroglyphic inscriptionsWadi Rum extensive corpus of pre-Arabic scripts (AB ev)Xanthos-Letoon many texts in Lycian and Greek, including several bilingual texts that are useful in the decipherment of LycianYagul and Mitla Yagul: "a few of these bear hieroglyphic inscriptions" (wiki)Yin Xu Oracle bone script, "the oldest member and ancestor of the Chinese family of scripts" (wiki); link
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