Newly discovered tablets offer a glimpse into Roman London



2016-06-02 09:05:41

This is one of 400 wooden Roman tablets which were just found during an excavation in London-and they include the oldest document ever to have been handwritten in England.

The tablets were remarkably well preserved considering their age as they had been trapped in soaking mud. The writings would have originally been etched into blackened beeswax using styluses but the words had gone through into the wood below allowing experts to set about deciphering the text. 

So far archaeologists have translated around 90 of the tablets which have been found to include the first known reference to London (which was then Londinio) and offer a glimpse into what life was like for residents, workers and traders in the capitals early years.

There's still over 300 left to decipher who knows what else will be discovered! 

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