Boundary marker. Oscan. c. 300-100 BC. Terracotta boundary-marker, one of four used to mark the confines of a sacred area, with stamps showing a helmeted Athena and a boar, with an Oscan inscription perhaps denoting a gift of money by the Virrii family.
Oldest ABCs Primer Found on Ancient Pottery. These limestone shards from ancient Egypt contain the earliest known fragments of alphabetic or proto-alphabetic writing which later developed into the Phoenician alphabet which developed into the Greek and Roman alphabets.