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A wax tablet is a wood tablet covered with wax. It was used as a writing pad in the Roman Empire, and notably used the Roman schools instead of paper. They used a stylus to write with. The wax melted when warm, but was quite smooth when it set.
The earliest surviving example of a writing tablet dates to the later Bronze Age, 1400 BC. A boxwood writing tablet with an ivory hinge was found in 1986, in the remains of a shipwreck, the Uluburun Shipwreck, near Kaş, Turkey.
References[edit | edit source]
- Payton, Robert (1991). "The Ulu Burun writing-board set". Anatolian Studies 41: 99–106.
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