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A fragment of a bronze dodecahedron

A large number of metal objects was found In the north-eastern area of the Didam-Kollenburg excavation site. Apart from numerous Roman coins, unfinished products and ceramic molds, a very interesting fragment of a so-called dodecahedron (Greek term for a twelve-sided shape) came also to light. The equal-sided pentagonal faces are holed, and surrounded by a double groove. Every corner is decorated with a small, protruding knob.

Unfortunately, the purpose of the dodecahedron is still unknown. All previously known dodecahedrons were mainly found north of the Alps, for example in militarty contexts, Roman baths and even graves. This example belongs to the very few that were found in Germanic settlements.

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Width: 2,5 centimetres

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