This was gradually augmented with pictographic writing using a sharp stylus to indicate what was being counted.Retrieved October 27, 2007.

History of writing Proto-writing The Trtria tablets discovered in Romania with inscriptions believed to be from the Vinča culture.Only people from certain backgrounds were allowed to train to become scribes, in the service of temple, pharaonic, and military authorities.

This alphabet in turn was adapted by various peoples to write their own language, resulting in the Etruscan alphabet, and its own descendants, such as the Latin alphabet and Runes.The stuff he's writing is really wonderful.The earliest inscriptions which are identifiably Maya date to the third century.C.E., and writing was in continuous use until shortly after the arrival of the Spanish conquistadores in the sixteenth century.E.