"Send me socks and underpants!"

According to archaeologist Robin Birley, the researcher's life can be pretty bleak until he finds the really big discovery, in this case, letters from Roman soldiers. Harry Mount of the Daily Mail has the story.

While working at Vindolanda, Birley discovered pieces of oak inscribed in Latin which proved to be the letters. They gave insight into the lives of the Roman soldiers stationed in the northern frontier, including one which read, "Paria udonum ab Sattua solearum duo et subligariorum duo." Or - socks, two pairs of sandals and two pairs of underpants."