Buried in the Mud from AD 57

This is a reblog of one of my favorite archaeological blogs Rita Roberts Blog Buried in the Mud from AD 57; Posted 06 JUN

2,000- YEAR-OLD LETTERS REVEAL DAILY LIFE,TRADE AND DEBTS IN ROMAN LONDON

Buried for almost 2,000 years, simple Roman wooden tablets are the earliest hand written documents ever found in Britain. Among more than 400 unearthed by archaeologists, they include the first known reference to London – and the first IOU.

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2,000-  YEAR-OLD LETTERS REVEAL DAILY LIFE,TRADE AND DEBTS IN ROMAN LONDON

Buried under 20ft of mud for almost 2,000 years, these simple  Roman wooden tablets are the earliest hand written documents ever found in Britain. Among more than 400 unearthed by archaeologists, they include the first known reference to London – and the first IOU.

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London Dig

Photo courtesy of MoLA

Entire Streets of London Uncovered.

The entire streets of London uncovered in the city.

These tablets were found beneath a pub in the city during work on the financial news company Bloomberg’s new European headquarters near Bank Tube station. Most of the documents written in wax on a folding wooden frame the typical writing tablet of the Roman period,date from between A.D.55 and  85. They were dumped by the Romans on the Banks of the River Walbrook. There, the mud prevented air getting to the wood therefore stopping it from rotting.   Sophie Jackson archaeologist and director at Museum…

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