A compendium of world-wide writing systems from prehistory to today
According to the website's about page:
"Back in 1996, I created the original Ancient Scripts web site during the wee hours of the morning. I have been a great enthusiast for writing systems and linguistics in general, but I could only find meager resources on the web about this subject in those early days. So I went to work, taking class material from Linguistics 11 (Writing Systems) at UCB as well as my own research in dusty libraries. Many years later, despite problems with servers and having to earn a living, Ancient Scripts is still running. Thanks for all your support!In my opinion, the chief difference between a systematically enthusiastic hobbyist who has devoted a great deal of time and effort to studying a subject, and a certified subject professional, is that the certified professional has a piece of paper that says he or she is competent - and the professional gets paid.
"The aim of Ancient Scripts is not to replace texts books or instructional web sites. Instead, it is designed to give an introduction to writing systems, which hopefully will tantalize the reader into searching for more information on the web or in books and publications.
"Here's the disclaimer: I am not a linguist...."
("About Ancient Scripts")
I think people inside the academic establishment can be knowledgeable and competent, understand: but I think the same can be said of people who aren't.
The last site update was October 3, 2008.
I found this website while researching ancient writing systems. It seems to be a pretty good resource.
Now it's time for me to get back to work.