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Welcome to the website The Tolsum Secret

The Tolsum Secret is about a Roman stilus tablet from the collection of the Fries Museum. This tablet was discovered in 1914 during commercial digging of an artificial dwelling mound nearby Tolsum (just outside Franeker). The tablet is the oldest, written document of the Netherlands (23 Febrary 29 AD).

On this website you will find information about this special tablet. The section TABLET has got information about Roman stilus tablets, the Tolsum tablet, the text, the age of the tablet, the investigations into the text of the tablet and the discovery of the tablet. Section TABLET is not available in English. The section FILE includes editions (reconstructed text and diplomatic transcript), digital images (processed and unprocessed) of the tablet, drawings with tracing of text and a bibliography.

The following literature has been used for this website:
H.A. Laagland, E. Kramer, J. van Sluis, L.A. de Vries (red.), Het geheim van Tolsum. Een herinterpretatie van een Romeins schrijfplankje, Fryske Akademy, Leeuwarden 2009 (special issue It Beaken issn 0005-738X )

You can order here a copy of the publication about the Tolsum tablet.