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Voices from Roman London: The Story of The Bloomberg Writing Tablets

June 1, 2016

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Today, archaeologists from the Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) publish research into the Bloomberg writing tablet collection – Britain’s largest, earliest and most significant collection of Roman waxed writing tablets. The collection, which boasts the first hand-written document known from Britain and the first reference to London, was discovered during archaeological excavations for Bloomberg’s new European headquarters, in London.

Michael Bloomberg, Founder of Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies said: “As steward of this ancient site and its artefacts, Bloomberg has embraced the City of London’s rich heritage. And as a company that is centered on communications – of data, information, news, and analysis – we are thrilled that Bloomberg has been at the core of a project that has provided so much new information about London’s first half-century.”

Sophie Jackson, Archaeologist and Director at MOLA, said: “We always had high hopes for the Bloomberg dig, situated in the heart of the Roman and modern city and with perfect wet conditions for the survival of archaeology, but the findings far exceeded all expectations. The writing tablets are truly a gift for archaeologists trying to get closer to the first Roman Britons.”

Watch how archaeologists, linguists and conservators uncovered some of Roman London’s first voices.

For more information on Bloomberg’s new European headquarters, see Bloomberg.com/company/london