A mystery of Roman archaeology: the dodecahedron, a small hollow object made of stone or bronze, with a dodecahedral shape. Roman dodecahedra tend to date from from the 2nd or 3rd centuries CE. 

It is unknown what the function or use of these artifacts was, and there has been no mention of them from sources of the era. Some uses which have been suggested include dice, candlestick holders (wax was found inside of one example), and some also speculate religious use. They seem to be often found at Gallo-Roman sites.

An interesting article for those interested: Hill, C. (1994), “Gallo-Roman Dodecahedra: a progress report”, The Antiquaries’ Journal 74: 289–292.

Courtesy & currently located at the Rheinisches Landesmuseum Bonn, Germany. Photos taken by Hadley Paul Garland.

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