A Corpus of Writing-Tablets from Roman Britain
(A British Academy Research Project)
Project Directors - Dr. A.K. Bowman FBA, Prof. J.M. Brady FRS FEng., Dr. R.S.O. Tomlin FSA, Prof. J.D. Thomas FBA
Research Assistant - Dr J. Pearce
Click on the thumbnails for larger images.
Folded lead tablets found during excavation of the sacred spring, Bath, UK (Tomlin 1988). For a description of lead tablets click here (Photograph copyright: Bath Archaeological Trust).
An unrolled lead tablet from the sacred spring, Bath, UK (Tomlin 1988). For a description of lead tablets click here (Photograph copyright: Bath Archaeological Trust).
|Photograph of unrolled lead tablet (84 x 128mm), found by a metal detectorist on the foreshore of the Hamble estuary, Hampshire, UK. (Roman Britain in 1996, No. 1, p. 455, Britannia, 28, 1997). For the text and translation click here (Photograph copyright: Hampshire County Museums).|
|A drawing of the Hamble tablet (Roman Britain in 1996, No. 1, p. 455, Britannia, 28, 1997). For the text and translation click here (Drawing copyright: Roger Tomlin).|
Please note that the images posted on these web pages are intended for research and educational use only and must not be reproduced without the permission of the copyright holders.
Bowman, A.K. 1994. Life and letters on the northern frontier, London: British Museum Press
Bowman, A.K. and Thomas, J.D. 1983. Vindolanda: the Latin writing-tablets, Britannia Monographs 4, London: Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies
Bowman, A.K. and Thomas, J.D. 1995. Vindolanda: the Latin writing-tablets (Tabulae Vindolandenses II), London: British Museum Press
Collingwood, R. G. et al. 1995.The Roman Inscriptions of Britain. Volume I,; Inscriptions on stone (new ed.), Stroud: Published for the Administrators of the Haverfield Bequest by Alan Sutton
Frere, S. S. et al. 1990-1995. The Roman inscriptions of Britain. Volume II, Fascicules 1-8, Instrumentum domesticum, Gloucester : Alan Sutton
Tomlin, R.S.O. 1988. 'The curse tablets', in Cunliffe, B. 1988. The temple of Sulis Minerva at Bath Vol. 2. The finds from the sacred spring, Oxford: OUCA, 59-280
Tomlin, R.S.O. 1993. 'The inscribed lead tablets', in Woodward, A. and Leach, P. 1993. The Uley Shrines. Excavation of a ritual complex on West Hill, Uley, Gloucestershire, 1977-79, English Heritage Archaeological Reports, 17, London: English Heritage, 113-26
Tomlin, R.S.O. 1998. 'Roman manuscripts from Carlisle: the ink-written tablets', Britannia, 29, 31-84
Harris, W. V. 1989. Ancient literacy, Cambridge, Mass. / London: Harvard University Press
Lalou, E., ed, 1992. Les tablettes à écrire de l'antiquité à l'époque moderne, Turnhout: Brepols
Small, J. P. 1997. Wax tablets of the mind: cognitive studies of memory and literacy in classical antiquity, London: Routledge
Woolf, G. 2000. 'Literacy', in Bowman, A. et al. 2000. The Cambridge Ancient History (2nd ed.). XI The High Empire A.D. 70-192, 875-97. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Return to top
CSAD | Introduction | Letter to museums | Description of curse tablets | Progress report | Images and references