Viking gaming piece

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Object type: Ampulla
Period: Anglo-Saxon
Primary material: Bronze
Date found: 30/06/2022
Location: Bassetlaw, Nottinghamshire


A lead object, dating to c. AD 800 – 1000, thought to be a gaming piece used in the Viking board game of hnefatafl. An alternative use is would be as a weight. However, it is thought that solid pieces were more likely to be weights and that gaming pieces were hollow to allow them to be stacked.