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Germanic ceramic dice

This ceramic dice was found in a shallow pit in the late Roman centre of the Germanic settlement of Didam-Kollenburg. Roman dice are frequently found, although they are mostly made of bone. Ceramic dice are much more rare. The most remarkable of this dice are the used face values. Normal dice have the numbers of 1 to 6 on them. This example however, has only three values: 1, 3 and 7, all applied twice! It is unknown why they chose such an unusual, and previously unknown, set of numbers.

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Drawing: Ivo Hermsen

Length: 2 centimetres
Width: 1,5 centimetres

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