Gate of Xerxes, Persepolis

North Door Jamb, West Doorway

| Elamite Inscription | Old Persian Inscription | Akkadian Inscription |


General stuff

Omniglot fonts and writing samples

Yamada lots of fonts here


Ancient Near East

Achaemenid Royal Inscriptions

Archaeology on the Net/Linguistics Links to pages on lots of ancient near eastern languages and writing systems (incl. Sumerian, Akkadian, Hittite, Assyrian)

Sumerian Language Page



A short introduction

A web guide and directory



University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Mayan Calendar Tools

The Mayan Epigraphic Database Project includes a catalog with at least most of the known glyphs

Maya related links

Palanque: the temple XIX platform - west side

Check this out for a Mayan inscription with glyph-by-glyph gloss with drawings and photos of each glyph.


Mesoweb an exploration of Mesoamerican cultures


Champollion's (1836) Grammaire Egyptienne This is a scanned, original version of the book by the man who broke open the decipherment of Egyptian hieroglyphic writing.



The mystery of the Futhark Alphabet

Scripts of all Asia [here]



Cryptography lots of links here



Mark Twain on simplified spelling This has been attributed to Mark Twain, but let me know if you find out where it was published.