Published: June 3, 2016
LONDON — Archaeologists at the Museum of London Archaeology have hit a cache of over 400 hand written documents on Roman waxed writing tablets. The wood tablets were found under Bloomberg’s new European headquarters in the heart of the city. Previously, only 19 tablets were known from London. This latest find has quadrupled that number with archaeologists deciphering over 80 from the city. The tablets contain the earliest surviving written reference to London and the earliest dated handwritten document from Britain, dated January 8, 57. The tablets were used for business and government correspondence, as deeds and personal letters and as promissory notes. The entire excavation unearthed over 15,000 Roman artifacts.
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