ESS-EACC21: Roman bone gaming counter

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GAMING PIECE

Unique ID: ESS-EACC21

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A complete but heavily abraded Roman bone counter. This counter is circular in plan and sub-rectangular in section with slightly bevelled edges. It is creamy beige in colour and is undecorated. The upper surface is slightly countersunk, with a circular indentation in the middle, which is the result of it being manufactured on a lathe. The original surface has now worn away, leaving the counter worn and rough. It has a diameter of 17mm, is 2.56mm thick and weighs 0.79g. Counters of this type were in use throughout the Roman period. See Crummy, 1983, figure 94 for numerous examples.

Class: Counter

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: ROMAN
Period from: ROMAN
Date from: AD 43
Date to: AD 410

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 2.56 mm
Weight: 0.79 g
Diameter: 17 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Caroline McDonald
Identified by: Caroline McDonald

Materials and construction

Primary material: Animal skeletal material

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Essex (County)
District: Castle Point (District)
To be known as: Canvey Island

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Other chance find
Discovery circumstances: Part of a collection discovered over some 30 years
General landuse: Coastland
Specific landuse: Inter-tidal

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: ESS
Created: 14 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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