Two bone dice

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From Skara Brae, Orkney

Postcard of Two bone dice.
© National Museums Scotland

Two bone dice

These bone dice were found at the site of the Neolithic village of Skara Brae in Orkney. They were used sometime between 3100 and 2400 BC.

The dice have been decorated with combinations of notches, grooves and dots.

The settlement of Skara Brae was buried in sand, thus preserving buildings to a large height and a range of every-day objects. The inhabitants of Skara Brae used bone and antler for a range of objects including shovels, awls, pins, knives and even beads.

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Online ID: 000-100-040-457-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.HA 574
Date: Between 3100 and 2400 BC
Material: Bone; cubical; with a single notch across opposing faces and two large and small dots on one of other faces
Bone; rectangular; with two opposing narrower faces decorated with one vertical and one transverse groove, and two vertical and one transverse groove respectively, one of the other faces with five dots
Dimensions: 0.60" L
0.90" L
What: Die
Where: Scotland, Orkney, Skaill, Skara Brae
Scotland, Orkney, Skaill, Skara Brae
Description: Neolithic bone die from Skara Brae
Neolithic bone die from Skara Brae
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