LVPL-95E4CB: Die

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DIE

Unique ID: LVPL-95E4CB

Object type certainty: Certain
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A lead alloy die of uncertain date. The object is cuboid with six sides. Each face decorated with a value marked with a drilled dot. The dots are unevenly spaced and differ in size. The configuration is not laid out in the standard seven pattern where the total of the holes on opposing sides add up to seven. 1 is opposite 3, 2 is opposite 4, and 5 is opposite 6. The die has a mid-grey patina.

Dimensions: 17mm in length, 18mm in width, 12mm thick, 51.3g.

Dice are frequently found and can be of any date from the Roman period through to the Post Medieval period (AD 43 to AD 1700). It has been suggested that apart from their usual role in games of chance, the clergy may have occasionally used them as they could identify 56 different virtues, one for each of the outcomes created by throwing three dice together and therefore to help them choose between different courses of action (Egan, 1997, 1).

Reference: Egan, G. 1997. Dice. Finds Research Group datasheet 23. Finds Research Group.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: UNKNOWN
Period from: UNKNOWN
Period to: UNKNOWN

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 17 mm
Width: 18 mm
Thickness: 12 mm
Weight: 51.3 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 1st January 1990 - Thursday 31st December 1998

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Vanessa Oakden
Identified by: Ms Vanessa Oakden

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: North West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cheshire West and Chester (Unitary Authority)
District: Cheshire West and Chester (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Saighton

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: LVPL
Created: About one year ago
Updated: About one year ago

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