Gaming Counter

12th century gaming piece (like a draughts piece) made of antler found in excavations for the board games much played by Vikings in Ireland. A central hole suggests that the piece was strung or stacked on a spike when not in use. It is decorated with three concentric circles with four dot-in-circle motifs and is polished.

Eleven antler gaming pieces and a dice were found in Waterford. Objects like this help us to build up the picture of social life in a late Viking Age town in Ireland.

date/period: c.1150 A.D./Viking

inventory no.: 1999.109

collection: Waterford City Council

location: Waterford Museum of Treasures exhibition

dimensions: 44 diameter x 9 thickness mm

provenance: Found in excavations of Waterford city centre 1986-1992

material: Antler

Further Reading:

Late Viking Age & Medieval Waterford Excavations 1986-1992. ISBN 1 872002 98 6

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