Verulamium's recovery after Boudicca

Excavations in the Walbrook area of London between 2010 and 2013 found over 400 remains of Roman writing tablets, of which 87 were able to be read. One of these was of both local and general historic importance. Written on 21 October AD62 it stated that:

I Marcus Rennius Venustus, have contracted with Gaius Valerius Proculus that he bring from Verulamium by the Ides of November [13 November AD62] 20 loads of provisions at a transport charge of one-quarter of a denarius for each.

In AD60-61, Tacitus tells us that Colchester, London and Verulamium were laid waste by the troops lead by Boudicca but obviously the contract shows that both Londinium and Verulamium were back in business about a year later. This seems to imply that the damage must have been less than generally imagined.

Mike North

[an edited version of a short article in Newsletter 1705]

Source: Current Archaeology, issue 317 (August 2016), pp. 36-40

To find out more about the Roman tablets discovered at the site of the new Bloomberg building in Walbrook, watch the short film made by Bloomberg.


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