A metal detector in Belgium has discovered a fragment of a mysterious bronze artifact known as a Roman one.
Over the past 200 years, northern Europe has foundover a hundred mysterious objects. But no one knows how and why they were used. Scientists assumed that this was some kind of calendar, an instrument for measuring the earth, or a scepter. However, archaeologists believe that these objects were more likely to have a religious or magical significance.
A fragment found in a field near the city of Cortessem in Flanders is clearly part of a Roman dodecahedron. Image Credit: Chris Vandevorst/Flanders Heritage Agency
The artifact was identified by the staff of the Gallo-Romeins MuseumTongeren. It consists of only one corner of the object with one corner bar. However, scientists are sure that this is part of a dodecahedron, which was originally about 5 cm across.
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On the cover: a complete Roman dodecahedron found near the ancient Roman walls of the city of Tongeren in Belgium in 1939.
Image credit: Gallo-Romeins Museum Tongeren