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Composite image of all sides of a 12mm (½”) Roman dice, found in Leicestershire, England


3100 BC. Bone dice from Skara Brae.

Before 3000 BC. A two-sided die was used to play Senet in Egypt.

3000 BC. Oldest confirmed dice was found in a dig site in Turkey along with other game pieces.

2600 BC. Pyramidal dice are found in the board game, the Royal Game of Ur from ancient Sumeria.

2800 – 2500 BC. Perhaps the oldest known dice were excavated as part of a backgammon-like game set at the Burnt City, Iran.

2500 – 1900 BC. Excavations from graves at Mohenjo-daro, an Indus Valley civilization settlement, unearthed terracotta dice.

1188 BC. The approximate date that Sophocles said dice were invented by Palamedes during the siege of Troy.

900 BC. Tuscania dice found near Rome. Cubical dice with standard pip markings.

600 BC. Chinese used modern dice.

100 AD. Twenty-sided dice in Egypt.

1000 AD. Dice buried in Viking grave mounds.

1600 AD. Dice was the first subject to mathematical analysis by Galileo and Girolamo Cardano. Probability mathematics conceived.

1906 AD. A 10-sided dice is patented in the US.

1919 AD. The term “snake eyes” can be tracked in etymology dictionaries.

1960 AD. The modern tradition of using sets of polyhedral dice started when non-cubical dice became popular among players of wargames.

1974 AD. Dungeons & Dragons published and sells a set of polyhedral dice.

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