Between about 243 B.C. and 242 B.C., the emperor Ashoka had pillars inscribed with edicts put up all over his empire. These edicts cover topics such as religion, law, religious tolerance and the protection of animals.
Only ten pillars still exist today, but originally there were over 30 Ashoka pillar edicts. On average, the pillars were 40-50 feet high and weighed up to around 50 tons each.
This is a fragment of an Ashokan pillar written in Prakrit language using the Brahmi script