An excavation in London has revealed over 400 wooden Roman tablets that include the first reference to London, evidence of schooling via the alphabet, and the "earliest intrinsically-dated document" discovered in the UK. The latter, which is a financial document and can be seen above, dates to January 8, 57 AD. As reported by BBC, the Museum of London Archaeology has deciphered the tablet's contents.

"In the consulship of Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus for the second time and of Lucius Calpurnius Piso, on the 6th day before the Ides of January (8 January AD 57). I, Tibullus the freedman of Venustus, have written and say that I owe Gratus the freedman of Spurius 105 denarii from the price of the merchandise which has been sold and delivered. This money I am due to repay him or the person whom the matter will concern..."

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Feature image via Museum of London Archaeology