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Leaders and rulers in Roman Britain

Writing-tablet

Length: 152.000 mm

P&EE 1934 12-10 100

Writing-tablet

From: River Walbrook, London
Date: 1st or 2nd century AD

Because Britain was so far away from Rome, an official called a procurator looked after the finances of the country for the Emperor. He was in charge of collecting taxes and making sure the government's money was spent properly.

This writing-tablet was used by the procurator of Britain. The picture below shows his official stamp on the outside of the tablet. This says 'PROC AVG DEDERVNT BRIT PROV' which means 'The imperial procurators of the province of Britain issued this'.