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UK’s oldest hand-written document found

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Roman tablets discovered during an excavation in London include the oldest hand-written document ever found in Britain, archaeologists have revealed, the BBC reports.

The Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) said it had deciphered a document, from 8 January AD 57, found at the dig at Bloomberg’s new headquarters.

The first ever reference to London, financial documents and evidence of schooling have also been translated.

Over 700 artefacts from the dig will go on display when the building opens.

According to MOLA, the tablets reveal the first years of the capital “in the words of the people who lived, worked, traded with and administered the new city”.

Director Sophie Jackson said the findings had “far exceeded all expectations” and would allow archaeologists “to get closer to the first Roman Britons”.

Researchers believe this tablet, is the earliest ever reference to London predating Tacitus’ mention of London in his Annals which were produced about 50 years later.

Dated AD 65/70-80, it reads “Londinio Mogontio” which translates to “‘In London, to Mogontius”

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