Wooden writing tablet

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From Newstead, Roxburghshire

Postcard of Wooden writing tablet.
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Wooden writing tablet

This wooden writing tablet was found at the site of the Roman fort at Newstead in Roxburghshire. The hollow formed by the rim would have been filled with wax, and inscribed with a stylus. The tablet dates from between 80 and 100 AD.

The tablet is broken off at one side.

Brought to Scotland by the Romans, writing was a vital part of the bureaucracy generated by the army.

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Online ID: 000-100-037-192-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FRA 709
Date: Between 80 and 180 AD
Material: Wood, pine
What: Writing tablet
Who: Newstead Collection
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Melrose, Newstead
Description: Wooden writing tablet from Newstead
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