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Thamudic
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TypeConsonantal Alphabetic
GenealogyProto-Sinaitic
LocationWest Asia > Arabia Peninsula
Time200 BCE to 300 CE
DirectionRight to Left

The Thamudic script is a northern variant of the South Arabian script. It was used to write the Thamudic language (a South Semitic language related to Arabic) in northern Arabia and part of the Sinai Peninsula. Similar scripts were used by nearby languages such as Safaitic and Lihyanite.

The majority of Thamudic scripts occur on rock cliffs and boulders, but there was enough textual evidence to reconstruct an alphabet of 28 letters. Usually, Thamudic was written from right to left like other Semitic scripts, but occasionally it was written from left to right, and even top to bottom.

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