Found Online: A Roman Mystery

Reading various articles today, I found one about the interesting object shown above. It is an intricately made metal dodecahedron. They have been found in various Roman archaeological sites around the world, but nobody can confirm what they were once used for.

I love things like this! An ancient mystery that remains unsolved to this day.

Here is a link to the full article, which I did not replicate for copyrght reasons.

28 thoughts on “Found Online: A Roman Mystery

  1. I love the idea that it is for knitting. I remember a challenge in speech class in eighth grade where we were to bring in a common object and imagine what future generations who had never seen it would think it was for. I took a church key(bottle opener) and had a great time though I don’t remember what I imagined for a future archeologist.

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    1. The knitting video clip lower down is certainly convincing. Though I am left wondering why something so expensively engineered would have been intended for such a relatively mundane purpose.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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      1. I don’t knit, and I don’t carve wood (so my opinion is basically worthless), but my guess is that the little pegs might not hold up very well under use, if they were wood. The other possibility that struck me was that maybe they used both, but the metal ones are all that survived.

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