We know more about the death of scripts than we do about their birth. No single theory can encompass why scripts flourish or vanish. Many aspects influence the survival or disappearance of scripts including commerce, culture, language, politics, prestige, religion, and technology. ‘Disappearance of scripts’ looks at the growth and decline of a number of scripts through time including Mesopotamian cuneiform, Egyptian hieroglyphs, the Indus script, Linear A and B, Meso-American glyphs, and Rongorongo and the survival of other scripts such as Chinese characters. Looking at the death of Rongorongo in particular illustrates how protean writing is.