A #Roman rock crystal die, on which the dots were originally inlaid with gold leaf (no all of it survives, although the dots can still be seen), & with a wreath around the one. It was found in a grave in Nijmegen (Netherlands), & is likely around 1900 years old #RomanArchaeology



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Children loved to play with toys in #Roman times too: some 1,800 years ago a child in Cologne was buried with a terracotta #horse with rider on wheels. It was certainly a much-loved #toy which the child was also supposed to play with in the afterlife. 1/2



Any time you think you've seen it all….. A box containing two dice, made from ivory, the sliding lid is missing.
Purchased from a private collector. So it's unfortunately unclear if it dates to #Roman or #Greek times. That’s why archaeological context matters!



I’m a bit late to #FindsFriday today and can’t find anything much I can post from this week, so here’s two fragments of a #Roman marble ludus latrunculorum board, dating from c. 300 AD, and found at Richborough, Kent.


Ludus latrunculorum a two-player strategy board game played throughout the #Roman empire, similar to #chess or draughts. #gaming pieces were found here during #excavations along with a decorated bone dice shaker and clay & stone marbles. Time to get your #Saturday #gameface on!


Two #Roman gaming-boards, carved into the steps of the Basilica Julia in #Rome (left - Ludus Latrunculorum; right - Merels). Amazing to think of ordinary Romans passing the time at these boards - thousands of them may have played here.

📷Eric Livak-Dahl & Colosseum Rome Tickets



A #Roman gaming board from Corbridge (#HadriansWall), incised with lines dividing the board into squares. This one is set up with counters to play ludus latrunculorum, a strategy game in which you (probably) had to trap your opponent's pieces - the exact rules are unknown.


A wooden toy horse on wheels, from # Egypt. It is somewhere between 1700 & 2000 years old but looks like something you could find in a toybox today - a perfect illustration of the timeless nature of some children's toys! (📷 Grand Rapids Public Museum) #


Ancient Artefact of the Day – Cirencester SATOR Square

Discovered in 1868 during the excavation of a Roman house, this graffito is incised into the wall plaster: perhaps ca. 2nd Century AD. # # # 🧵

Image: Corinium Museum (B950). Link -


Children loved to play with toys in # times too: a terracotta # with rider on wheels, found in Cologne, dating 1st/2nd century AD.

Römisch-Germanisches Museum Köln



Three (toy) balls, found in # & dating to the # period. They were hollow, made of linen & reed, painted in red & green, & had stone chips inside, so they rattled when shaken. These ones might be ancient, but you'd find balls nearly identical in a toyshop today! (📷 BM)


This rag-doll looks kind of creepy these days, but it was certainly loved by a child in the past. The doll from the # period in # is made of linen and stuffed with rags and papyrus. A blue glass bead attached to the head's left side suggests a hair ornament. 1/3

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