In 429 A.D. 80,000
Vandals, a Germanic tribe, crossed the Mediterranean from Spain to
Africa. a collection of wooden estate records, Vandal documents
written in cursive Latin between 493 and 496, were discovered in 1928
in the area of Tbéssa (Algeria) and studied by E. Albertini, from whom
they take their name, the Albertini Tablets. They were published in
1952 as Les Tablettes Albertini Chr. Courtois L. Leschi, C.H. Perrat,
and C. Saumagne.
Algeria issued a set of two stamps with pictures of two
of the tablets in 2003. The horizontal tablet is a contract between
Donatus and Geminius Felix, June 5, 494, for the sale of a slave.
The vertical tablet is a