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Roman tablets found at Vindolanda

Roman documents have been found at Vindolanda in northern England. The hoard of around 25 wooden writing tablets was discovered by an archaeological team at Vindolanda on Hadrian's Wall in Northumberland. Consisting of letters, lists and personal correspondence, the items had been discarded towards the end of the 1st Century. Work is under

2,200-year-old rental agreement found in Turkey

A 2,200-year-old inscription, a detailed rental agreement, has been found near the temple of Dionysus in the ancient city of Teos in Turkey. “Among the inscriptions, one is particularly interesting, with quite rich content. An agreement was made on a 1.5-meter-long stela. It has lines. It is a detailed agreement. According

1,500-year-old Papyrus referring to Last Supper found

An ancient piece of papyrus, thought to be the first ever found to refer to the Last Supper, has been found by a researcher looking through the vaults of a library at the University of Manchester. On one side, it has a combination of biblical passages from the books of Psalms

Translated 3rd-century document describes fixed wrestling match

A piece of Egyptian papyrus dating back to the 3rd century A.D. has been translated, revealing details about a plot to fix a wrestling match. Researchers have deciphered a Greek document that shows an ancient wrestling match was fixed. The document, which has a date on it that corresponds to the

Historic papers lost from British National Archives

1,600 folders full of historical documents spanning British history have gone missing from the British National Archives. Among the 1,600 folders of documents reported missing since 2005 are letters from Sir Winston Churchill to General Franco, the Spanish dictator; minutes of Harold Wilson's meetings with the Queen; and documents from the

The CIAs oldest documents declassified

The CIA has declassified six of their oldest documents, dating back to 1917. According to the CIA, "one document outlines the chemicals and techniques necessary for developing certain types of secret writing ink and a method for opening sealed letters without detection. Another memorandum dated June 14, 1918 — written in

Medieval nuisance complaints

The BBC has posted a cool look at a list of grievances made in London from 1301 to 1431. Few documents survive from this era, but other British cities would have had similar records, says Scudder. "There is a very early record concerning nuisances dating from the late 12th Century relating