Aleteia logoAleteia logoAleteia
Friday 02 June |
Saint of the Day: Sts Marcellinus and Peter
Aleteia logo
Art & Culture
separateurCreated with Sketch.

25 personal letters, written by Roman soldiers 2,000 years ago, found near Hadrian’s Wall


Miroslav Vajdic | CC

Daniel Esparza - published on 07/19/17

The new finds were preserved several meters down in damp earth.

What can God do in your life with one Bible verse a day?
Subscribe to Aleteia's new service and bring Scripture into your morning:
Just one verse each day.
Click to bring God's word to your inbox

Twenty-five personal letters written on wood, dated to the 1st century AD, most likely between the years 85 and 92, were discovered several meters down in damp earth near Hadrian’s Wall, at the remains of the Roman fort of Vindolanda in Northumberland.

Read more:
The touching 1,800-year-old letter from a Roman legionary to his family

As reported in The Guardian, these rare findings are less than 2 millimeters thick and about the size of a postcard. One of the letters, according to the article, belongs to a soldier called Masclus, who is well known because of a previously discovered letter in which he asks his commanding officers for more beer for the soldiers. In this newly found letter, he’s asking for permission to leave his post.

The letter will now be scanned under infrared light in order to help archaeologists and other experts read and transcribe them. You can read the whole Guardian article here.

Support Aleteia!

Enjoying your time on Aleteia?

Articles like these are sponsored free for every Catholic through the support of generous readers just like you.

Thanks to their partnership in our mission, we reach more than 20 million unique users per month!

Help us continue to bring the Gospel to people everywhere through uplifting and transformative Catholic news, stories, spirituality, and more.

Support Aleteia with a gift today!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...

Entrust your prayer intentions to our network of monasteries

Top 10
See More
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.