Roman wooden tablet from Vindolanda (northern England) with the text of the message preserved. A plate was registered under the number 892. In ancient Rome, this type of plates were covered with wax and written with a special stylus. The preserved scratches on the wood allow the message to be recreated.
As it turns out, the author of the news is the decurion Masculus, who asks the prefectus Verecundus for permission for five auxilia soldiers: Lituccus, Victor, Augustanus, Cusius and Bellicus to leave the camp. He also asks for the knife owned by a certain Talampus to be returned and informs that he has added several plant seedlings to the letter.