English archeologists find a mysterious Roman item

By Jurassic JennJun 19, 2024 12:38 PMScience
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Roman object discovered in England. Source: edition.cnn.com

Amateur archaeologists in England have made an intriguing discovery, uncovering one of the largest Roman dodecahedrons ever found. This 12-sided object, deemed an "enigma" by experts, holds an air of mystery around its original purpose. With only 33 examples recorded in Roman Britain and approximately 130 worldwide, the dodecahedron was recently found by the Norton Disney History and Archaeology Group in Lincolnshire. This is prepared by SSP.

Measuring approximately 8 centimeters (3 inches) across, this 1,700-year-old object is hollow and adorned with 12 holes of different sizes. The Lincoln Museum will put this fascinating find on display from May 4 until early September, coinciding with the Lincoln Festival of History.

Andrea Martin, the exhibitions and interpretations manager at the museum, expressed delight in having the Norton Disney dodecahedron showcased in close proximity to its place of origin. The Lincolnshire County Council highlighted that it is one of the largest known examples discovered so far.

Despite this significant finding, the perplexity surrounding the dodecahedron persists as experts remain unsure of its exact purpose. Richard Parker, secretary of the Norton Disney History and Archaeology Group, described it as completely unique, indicating that no similar objects have ever been found. Distinctive features, such as its undamaged condition and varying sizes among dodecahedra, further add to the mystery. These unusual qualities make it unlikely that the object was used for measurement or as a tool.

One theory proposed by Parker's group suggests that the dodecahedron may have had religious or ritualistic significance. The Romans, known for their superstitious beliefs, often relied on signs to make everyday decisions. This theory is reinforced by the discovery of a small Roman mounted rider god figurine near the dodecahedron. The figurine, which exhibits "strong religious connections," has been commonly associated with temple sites.

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