Curse Tablet Expands Knowledge of Roman Britain

Archaelogists from the University of Leicester have found a fragment of lead that greatly adds to their knowledge of the city's Roman past. The "curse tablet" bears a list of 18 names; until now, only a few names of Roman residents of the city were known.

The tablet, dating from the second or third century C.E., is in unusually good condition and asks the god Maglus to "take" the one who stole the writer's cloak. It may have been inscribed by a professional curse writer.