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Reading the earliest writing from Roman Britain
Among the remarkable artefacts recovered by MOLA archaeologists on the site of the new Bloomberg headquarters in London were 405 writing tablets. Of these, 87 have now been deciphered, providing a tantalising insight into the lives and legal wrangling of the first Londoners. Roger Tomlin and Sophie Jackson told Matthew Symonds what Britain’s earliest authors had on their minds.
Amodern audience could be forgiven for feeling that the advice offered in the oldest readable document from Britain has timeless appeal. The text is scored into a broken wooden tablet, which is addressed to Titus, who appears to be a poultry-keeper. In the enigmatic, only halffamiliar lettering of Latin handwriting, Titus’
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