Important Druidic Discovery

Via the Anomalist comes this Discovery News story about an important new archaeological find in England:

A series of graves found in a gravel quarry at Stanway near Colchester, Essex, have been dated to 40-60 A.D. At least one of the burials, it appears, may have been that of a Druid, according to a report published in British Archaeology.

Now, there’s some debate about whether this was a Druid or a Roman medical practitioner, but I’d like to think it was a Druid.  If so, it bears a crucially important piece of information about these mysterious individuals – the following object found in the tomb:

Surviving metal corners and hinges from the board allowed Pitts to reconstruct it as an 8-inch by 12-inch rectangle. Raised sides suggest dice might have been used. The white and blue glass counters were positioned with care. Some were straight across the sides, another in a diagonal line and one white marker close to the board’s center.

That’s right – the Druids were gamers.   What’s more, they made that old Warhammer 40K guy who’s always hanging out at the local store with five fishing boxes full of minis look like a dabbler.  This guy was so extreme, he was buried with his game.

You might have noticed the inexplicable lack of dice in the tomb.  I can see only one possible interpretation:  some other Druid couldn’t find his dice on game night, so he dug them up and took them.  That’s hardcore.

Oh, the person had divination implements and surgical tools and a wealth of other fascinating articles.  Read the article for more.

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Published in: on February 15, 2008 at 5:03 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. *snickers*

    Considering that s/he couldn’t just pop down to the gaming store and pick up another pair, the light-fingered approach probably trumped the time and effort it would’ve taken to find some bones and carve a set…

    But yes, still, quite the gesture. And useful fodder for those “nerdier than thou” conversations that tend to pop up at the gaming store.

  2. Yup, there was a reason they used the phrase “roll the bones” back then.

    Using my vast powers of divination, I have discerned that this individual’s favorite game was Papers and Paychecks, and that his character was a seventh-level Anthropologist. They were serious about RPGs back then.


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