Which script is older Devanagari and Kharosthi

The one pictured below Kharosthi Alphabet of the ancient India emerged during the 3rd century BC. on and is very likely dated Aramaic Alphabet derived. It is assumed that the font will be written at the latest with the persian Conquests in the 5th century BC. in the Central Asian / Indian Region has reached. However, no intermediate stages from the aramaic up to the fully educated, to the languages Gandhari and Sanskrit customized, Kharosthi- Font to be found. This in turn supports the theory of some, according to which the script did not develop gradually from a predecessor over time, but was created by a single person in the form already adapted for the Indian region and only then established itself.
The writing was mainly in the area of ​​the northern Pakistan, in the eastern Afghanistan as well as the adjacent areas of today's India until about the 4th century AD. used. In contrast to the one that was created around the same time Brahmi- Font from which many of the modern scripts are made India and Southwest Asia emerged, the died Kharosthi-Script already in antiquity and has no traceable descendants in the Indian Room.
The Kharosthi-Script was first used in the 19th century by, among others James Prinsep deciphered. Since then, several other finds of this script have been made, which contributed to a better understanding of the script today.
Kharoshti is a syllabic alphabet (syllable alphabet) with an inherent a-vowel. Other vowels are indicated by diacritical marks. The writing is written in horizontal lines from right to left. With Kharosthi became the languages Gandhari and Sanskrit written.
(Compare also the Karosthi from 50 BC, a forerunner of the Turkish Orkhon runes.)


2-5. Century BC BC, Yingpan, Eastern Tarim Basin,
Xinjiang Museum