Vindolanda writing tablets.
These precious tablets have been voted the most
precious treasure in the British Museum. They offer a direct
path back to what the Romans were thinking and talking about ,
nearly 2000 years ago.
Back when the fort was occupied everytime there was a need
to rebuild the buildings the soldiers had flattened the
site covering it with a thick layer of clay or turf. Basically
the surface became sealed under anaerobic conditions. With the
absence of oxygen any organic matter remained preserved.Wood
and leather being good examples. Amongst the remains were
slivers of wood with thin writing on them. However when exposed
to air the wood shavings turned black and the writing vanished.
Fortunately infra red photography combined with expertise
gained from reading papyrus scrolls helped to show the
The best way to read these tablets is by visiting this