Paper does not last for thousands of years but wood apparently can do so, if it is buried in mud. Researchers from Museum of London Archaeology uncovered more than 400 wooden tablets during excavations in London’s financial district for the new headquarters of media and data company Bloomberg.
So far, 87 have been deciphered, including one addressed “in London, to Mogontius” and dated to A.D. 65-80 – the earliest written reference to the city, which the Romans called Londinium.
The wooden tablets were preserved in the wet mud of the Walbrook – then a river, now a buried stream.
You can read more in an article in the CBS News web site at http://goo.gl/zJPe55.