So what is it?
Actually, it’s a dodecahedron, and there are tons of them over much of ancient Europe.
But to what purpose? No one has a clue, but to me they look a bit like toys, something resembling what’s used for jacks.
It’s dated from somewhere around the second and third century AD, and has been popping up everywhere in Europe. Archeologists have found the majority of them in France, Switzerland and parts of Germany where the Romans once ruled.
But its use remains a mystery, mostly because the Romans who usually kept meticulous accounts make no mention of it in records. And with sizes varying from 4 to 11 cm, and some bearing decorative knobs, it only gets harder to pinpoint a function.
Four to eleven centimeters is small, but not as small as jacks. I’m stumped; any ideas?