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Wooden writing-tablet

British Museum

British Museum

The exterior of this tablet has been branded with a circular official stamp, reading PROC AVG DEDERVNT BRIT PROV ('The imperial procurators of the province of Britain issued this'). Procurators looked after the Roman Emperor's personal interests in each province, such as imperial estates and mines. The provincial procurator controlled government expenditure and the collection of taxes from the people. Unfortunately the text of the letter or document, which would have been inscribed on the original wax filling of the recessed inner face of the tablet, is no longer legible.

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  • Title: Wooden writing-tablet
  • Physical Dimensions: Length: 152.00mm; Width: 105.00mm
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Registration number: 1934,1210.100
  • Place: Excavated/Findspot Walbrook
  • Period/culture: Romano-British
  • Material: wood
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Donated by Christy Fund

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