Caucasian Albanian Alphabet: Ancient Script Discovered in the Ashes

From: Peter Kirk (
Date: Fri Jan 02 2004 - 18:47:24 EST

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    I have found a new script which may need to be encoded in Unicode. Well,
    I haven't found it myself, Zaza Alexidze has done that. I was previously
    aware of this Caucasian Albanian script, but I have only just found out
    that for the first time an extensive document - 300 pages of a
    lectionary, dating probably from the 5th century CE - has been found
    written in this alphabet, and in an ancient form of the Udi language. It
    seems to be a truly separate alphabet, although distantly related to
    Georgian and Armenian. But it is not even roadmapped for Unicode.

    and the related articles, also and

    These discoveries of a new ancient language and of a 5th century text of
    much of the New Testament are also very significant in their respective

    Note that this script should not be assigned quickly to the SMP. There
    seems a real possibility of it being revived for the modern Udi language
    - which lacks a satisfactory Latin or Cyrillic alphabet for its large
    inventory of phonemes. If the script is brought back into current use,
    it will be a candidate for the BMP.

    Peter Kirk (personal) (work)

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