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Die and combs from Foshigarry, North Uist, Outer Hebrides

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Die and combs from Foshigarry, North Uist, Outer Hebrides
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This bone die and the two antler combs were found at Foshigarry on North Uist in the Outer Hebrides. They date from between 200 BC and 800 AD.

The oblong die was made from a cattle bone. It has dots on four of its sides. The die is an irregular shape, so it could not have been used like a modern one. Instead, it would have been thrown onto a soft surface where it would embed, giving all four numbers an equal chance.

The small double-sided combs consist of plates of antler cut into teeth, riveted together between two connecting plates on either side in the middle. They are decorated with incised ring and dot stamps. The combs are similar to others found along Atlantic coasts of Scotland.

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