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Later stages of Tamil Brahmi returned to the inherent vowel that was the norm in India.The origins of Brahmi in general and Tamil Brahmi specifically are unclear.The earliest well accepted Brahmi inscriptions in South Asia are found in the citadel of Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka and are dated to the 4th century BCE.
Tolkappiyam in stanza 16 and 17 mentions dots added to consonants.
The author of Tolkappiyam displays awareness of a writing system and the graphic system as he knew it corresponds with later writing systems.
Samples of carbon elements from the middle part of the 4.5-metre deep deposits that archaeologists had found had been sent for carbon dating.“We can now say for sure that the samples were from 3rd century BC,” said Archaeological Survey of India’s superintending archaeologist K Amarnath Ramakrishna who led the excavations in Keezhadi earlier. “The last time habitation sites were excavated in Tamil Nadu was at Arikamedu.
We zeroed in on Keezhadi after studying both banks of Vaigai river through its entire stretch from Western Ghats till the point it reaches the Bay of Bengal,” he says.
Other works such as Tirukkural mentions writing using the word ezhuttu.