MAIASK. 2018. No. 10
Razumov (Tiraspol, Moldova), V.B.
Pankowski (Kyiv, Ukraine)
Middle Bronze Age Catacomb Grave and the Dice Set from the Lower
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The group of
barrows called “Glinoe/Orchard” contained the barrow mound No.1 where the
catacomb grave (No.11) of a rare type with a set of three dice made of red deer antler tines
has been discovered. Before now, only five graves attributed to the Ingul
Catacomb Graves Culture containing such gaming paraphernalia were reported.
Also, a friable and deliberately burned shaft-hole
axe-hammer head made of a
volcanic rock found in the grave seems
to be rather special for the Middle Bronze Age culture in question.
The antler surface modifications may suggest that unusually big dice have
been in short use. In the past, in order to engrave symbols on dice, some
copper or bronze tool was applied.
words: the Lower Dniester region, Glinoe,
the Middle Bronze Age, the Ingul Catacomb Graves Culture, dice, antler
Received December 11, 2018
Accepted for publication December 28, 2018
Pankovski Valentin Borisovich (Kyiv, Ukraine). Candidate of Historical Sciences,
Research of Department of Archaeology of Eneolith — Bronze Century of Institute of Archaeology
of the National Academy
of Sciences of Ukraine