Ealiest symble was in china and it traveled to with pottery to west.
Banpo(chinese)/Phoenician/old hebrew/linear A etc. look pretty similar.
Phoenician many http://www.stempublishing.com/dictionary/828.png
Old Hungarian http://www.ancientscripts.com/images/old_hungarian.gif
Ancient Greece http://thumbs.dreamstime.com/z/ancient-alphabet-2330548.jpg
Guy wrongfully think greek influenced ancient chinese symbles…. They are similar because chinese symbol was origin of Phoenician etc. http://www.chinese-forums.com/index.php?/topic/16563-greek-influence-in-ancient-china-scripting/
- Jiahu symbols — Peiligang culture, from the 7th millennium BC.
- Vinča symbols — Neolithic Europe, from the 6th millennium BC.
- Dispilio Tablet — Neolithic Europe, from the 6th millennium BC.
- Banpo symbols — Yangshao culture, from the 5th millennium BC.
The following is a list of undeciphered scripts from the Bronze Age (3300 to 1200 BC).
- Indus script — Indus Valley Civilization, proto-writing from ca. 3300 BC, mature script ca. 2500-1900 BC.
- Proto-Elamite — Elam, from ca. 3200 BC. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/f9/Economic_tablet_Susa_Louvre_Sb3047.jpg/800px-Economic_tablet_Susa_Louvre_Sb3047.jpg
- Linear Elamite, from ca. 2200 BC.
- Linear A, from ca. 1900 BC, a syllabary. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/bd/Linear_A_cup.png/250px-Linear_A_cup.png
- Cretan hieroglyphs, from ca. 1900 BC.
- Linear A and Cretan hieroglyphs are both believed to be an example of the Minoan language. Several words have been decoded from the scripts, but no definite conclusions on the meanings of the words have been made (with the exception of kuro, meaning “total”).
- Wadi el-Ħôl script, ca. 1800 BC, likely an abjad.
- Byblos syllabary — the city of Byblos, ca. 1700 BC. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c1/Byblos_syll_signs.gif
- Phaistos Disc, ca. 1600 BC, a unique text found on one single object; a short inscription on the Arkalokhori Axe possibly represents the same type of writing.
- Cypro-Minoan syllabary, from ca. 1500 BC. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/06/Enkomi.png/800px-Enkomi.png
- Southwest Paleohispanic script, from ca. 700 BC. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/42/Un_signari_sudoccidental_%28Rodr%C3%ADgez_Ramos_2000%29.jpg/300px-Un_signari_sudoccidental_%28Rodr%C3%ADgez_Ramos_2000%29.jpg
- Sitovo inscription, probably Phrygian.
Many Mesoamerican writing systems have been discovered by archaeologists. Many of them remain undeciphered due to a lack of knowledge of the original language. These writing systems were used between 1000 BC and 1500 AD.
- Olmec — Olmec civilization, ca. 900 BC, possibly the oldest Mesoamerican script.
- Isthmian, ca. 500 BC, apparently logosyllabic.
- Zapotec — Zapotec, ca. 500 BC.
- Mixtec — Mixtec, 14th century, perhaps pictographic.
- Tărtăria tablets, the most complex examples of these signs
- Jiahu symbols, an even older example sometimes claimed as proto-writing
- Banpo symbols, located not far from site of Jiahu discovery; also claimed as proto-writing
- Vinča culture
- Dispilio tablet
- Old European cultures
- List of undeciphered writing systems
- Gradeshnitsa tablets
- Prehistoric Romania
- Prehistoric Serbia