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Tablets, tablets everywhere
Topic Started: Nov 20 2006, 02:25 PM (1,108 Views)
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Nowhere in Britain comes close to the number of Roman writing tablets found at Vindolanda. But that doesn't mean other sites are barren. To date, nearly two dozen documented British sites have contained remains of such! They have been found in cities, towns, villas, rural farmsteads, and forts--from Somerset in the southwest to southern Scotland.

Most were the stylus type, using wood with a layer of wax which could be scribbled on and then smoothed over for re-use. (So far, only Vindolanda & Carlisle have revealed significant amounts of ink tablets.) Papyrus has even been discovered in a few places.

As time goes on, archaeology is developing a picture of a truly literate land during Roman times. But it also underscores the fact most of those voices have now been completely obliterated by the centuries. Which, to me, makes the tablets of Vindolanda that much more poignant and valuable.

(Information gathered from the Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents)
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