Tuesday February 18, 2020

Archaeologists discover 2,000 year-old Roman handwritten documents in London

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A 2000 year old Roman handwritten document. Image source: AFP/Getty images
  • Archaeologist in london discovers 2000 year old documents and tablets
  • The oldest handwritten document ever found in Britain is dated  to A.D. 43-53
  • It seems so far 87 have been deciphered out of 400 including the first written reference to the city London dated A.D 65 -80

This year in 2016, Archaeologists based in London on Wednesday, May 1 discovered hundreds of wooden writing from the Roman London. Along with the hundreds of tablets, many documents were also found which included the oldest handwritten document ever found in Britain and was dated to A.D. 43-53. The inception of the document can be dated back to almost 2,000 years old.

This discovery of over 400 tablets and documents was done by the by the Museum of London Archaeology and the tablets were unearthed in London’s financial district during excavation work for a new building.

It seems so far 87 have been deciphered out of 400, including the oldest written document can be dated back to A.D 43-53, the early years of roman rule. Along with these, the first written reference to the city (London), which the Romans called Londinium dated A.D 65-80 was also deciphered.

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“It’s the first generation of Londoners speaking to us,” said Sophie Jackson, an archaeologist working on the site. She also said that the find was “hugely significant.”

Archaeologists say the tablets were preserved by the absence of oxygen in the wet mud of what is now one of London’s many buried rivers. Image source:Mola
Archaeologists say the tablets were preserved by the absence of oxygen in the wet mud of what is now one of London’s many buried rivers. Image source:Mola

The London was found by the Romans after their invasion of Britain in A.D 43 but the rebellion led by the Queen Boudica in A.D 61 destroyed the Roman settlement.

The documents found showed that the city was quickly rebuilt and after few years it became a thriving city of merchants and traders. The records show early references to beer brewing, beer delivery, food delivery, and legal system.

The Guardian reported, there is one reference to a beer brewer, “Tertius the brewer is almost certainly Domitius Tertius Bracearius, who is also known from a writing tablet found at Carlisle — and so by about AD85 had a business stretching the length of the new Roman territory. Only the outer flap of the tablet survives, addressed to him.”

These wooden tablets survived till now because of the wet mud of the walbrook, which was then a river but now a buried stream. Oxygen is main reason for the decay in most cases but the wet mud blocked oxygen from reaching the wood and protected them from decay said Jackon, an archaeologist at the site.

Tablets of Roman era were covered by the beeswax, in which then words could be written with use of stylus. The wax is long gone but the marks left by stylus on the wood are still present.

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Looking at the ancient handwriting was “fun” said Roger Tomlin, who deciphered the inscriptions.

“You’re thinking your way into the hand of someone else who lived 1,900 years ago, and your eyes are setting foot where man has never been before, at least not for a very long time.” said Tomlin.

-prepared by Bhaskar Raghavendran, a reporter at NewsGram. Twitter: bhaskar_ragha

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A Closer Look at Liverpool’s Exciting Baltic Triangle Sector

Liverpool in general is one of the best places in the UK to invest

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While Liverpool in general is one of the best places in the UK to invest, with comparatively affordable house prices (currently sitting at £174,232 according to Zoopla, as opposed to £644,215, for example, in London) and high average rental yields, the Baltic Triangle specifically is an outlier and opportunity for investors. Pixabay

Birthplace of the Beatles and home to the current football Champions of Europe, Liverpool is a northern great of a city that has a ton of opportunity, and a constant hum of inspiring energy. In recent years, Liverpool’s energy has spilled out from the heart of the city centre and its surrounding streets, and now has branched out throughout the entirety of the area, no longer concentrated at its core.

Here’s a more specific look at the Baltic Triangle, one of the most popular and desirable pockets of the city at the moment.

Trendiest place to live

Often drawn in parallel with the likes of London’s Shoreditch, and at one point deemed ‘the coolest place to live in Britain’ by the Times, the Baltic Market has an abundance of bars, restaurants, and attractions, perfect for a city that is known for its nightlife. Here are some of the highlights:

 

  • A great place to start is the Baltic Market, a grand bazaar containing food stalls from some of the best and most diverse food spots in the city, complete with a bar and live music. This place is constantly packed, and perfect for friends who can’t decide where they want to go to eat.

 

 

  • Bongo’s Bingo is a must-visit attraction for a night out, situated in the Camp & Furnace restaurant across from Cain’s Brewery. It’s very different from your average bingo night, that’s for sure, with anything from rave intervals to dance-offs around the corner. Weird prizes are also on offer here, but whether you’ll want them or not is a different story.

 

 

  • Again situated in the heart of the area is Ghetto Golf, a fully indoor mini-golf course, decorated with snazzy neon lights and loud music. Again perfect for a night out with friends, the out-of-the-ordinary course has some ‘interesting’ hole choices and a fully-fledge cocktail bar.

 

Investment strong spot

While Liverpool in general is one of the best places in the UK to invest, with comparatively affordable house prices (currently sitting at £174,232 according to Zoopla, as opposed to £644,215, for example, in London) and high average rental yields, the Baltic Triangle specifically is an outlier and opportunity for investors. As a prime example, RWinvest are aiming to keep on top of the demand from tenants to live in the area, preparing high-quality buy-to-let apartments and housing at the centre of the area. There are even plans in motion for a £70m hotel, allowing more people to stay and enjoy the area.

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Birthplace of the Beatles and home to the current football Champions of Europe, Liverpool is a northern great of a city that has a ton of opportunity, and a constant hum of inspiring energy. Pixabay

Digital trendsetter

The Baltic Triangle is where many digital businesses call home, inhabiting the once unused warehouse buildings of yesterday and giving them a new purpose. These companies have not only thrived in recent years, cultivating an exciting sense of community in the city, but they are also contributing significantly to the city’s overall economy.

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Additionally, while the area is already heavily populated by a large number of young business and professionals, the city’s makeup of creative and talented young people will also surely push it forward as developments continue. Many students living and working at the surrounding universities will no doubt want to continue to contribute upon graduation, and there are even schools such as The Studio situated on the doorstep of the Baltic Triangle, with programmes and skills aiming to give them all they need to make the most of the facilities nearby to them. For a young person looking to garner experience and digital skills, it’s an exciting place to be.