Conical Gaming Pieces - G Wilson

4838 (Con. No. 900711), 563, 7.2

A conical gaming piece.It is broken near the tip and at the base. Material unknown. Colour: Whitish. Stained light brown, probably by weathering.

H 22 mm, est orig H 37 mm; Base D 17 mm

4836 (Con. No. 900597), 15, 7.2

A conical gaming piece. The top circa 2 cm has been broken off. There are remnants of dark brown colouring all over. Material unknown. Colour: Light brown with darker brown patches.

H 17 mm, est orig H 38 mm, Base D 16 mm

4839 (Con. No.900706), 549, 7.3

A conical gaming piece. Only the base survives. The slope of the sides of this piece suggest it may be an incomplete version of find 4837. There may be remnants of dark brown colouring. Material unknown. Colour: Whitish. Stained a light brown, probably by weathering.

H 14 mm, est orig H 40 mm, Base D 18 mm

4837 (Con. No.900705), 549, 7.3

A flat-topped conical gaming piece. The top is decorated with incised lines. It is divided by a cross into 4 quarters, each of which is then filled with incised lines. The top is slightly damaged and not all the design is legible. Colour: Whitish with patches of dark brown pigment

H 29 mm, Base D 20 mm, Top D 12 mm

4840 (Con. No.900707), 549, 7.3

A conical gaming piece. It is conical at the base, and as it nears the top the sides flatten and it becomes more two-sided. On one side at the top there is a human face within an oval rim or hood. The top half of the oval contains three small holes arranged in a triangle.These holes may originally have held a fitment. The whole effect is of a figure, perhaps male, within a hood. The triangle is located on the fore-head.

Parallelopiped Dice - G Wilson


3563 (Con. No.900715), 577, 7.2

This is a parallelepiped bone dice made of a cattle metatarsal. The decoration is in the form of double-ring and dot. Numbering of the sides is 3,4,5,6, such that 3 is opposite 4, 5 is opposite 6. The surface of the dice is polished all over, even at the hollow ends.

L 43 mm; W 18 mm sq

6004 (Con. No.910186), 16, 7.5

This is a small parallelepiped bone dice of whalebone (?).The decoration is mostly single ring and dots, with the exception of a double-ring and dot on the 3 side and on the 6 side.Numbering is 3,4,5,6, such that 3 is opposite 4, 5 is opposite 6.The bone is solid and there are four ring and dots on either end.The dice has been quite badly burned and curves slightly along the long axis.

L 39 mm; W 9 mm sq

6002 (Con. No.910187), 14, 7.4

This is a small parallelepiped bone dice of whalebone (?).The dice has been badly burned and only the dots of the ring and dot decoration are visible.Where identifiable it is single ring and dot, with two exceptions of double ring and dot on the 6 side.Numbering is 3,4,5,6, such that 3 is opposite 4, 5 is opposite 6.The bone is solid.There is no decoration on the ends.

L 40 mm; W 10 mm sq

6003 (Con. No.910185), 16, 7.5

This is a fragment of a parallelepiped bone dice.The fragment is small and has been burned.It consists of two adjacent sides from the middle of a dice. On one side there is one ring and dot, on the other there are three.They probably represent sides numbered 5, and 3 respectively, the one ring and dot being the middle dot from a 5 placed in the centre of the dice as with the other dice from Scalloway.The dice was hollow.

L 23 mm; W est 8 mm sq

3999, 16, 7.5

This is a fragment of parallelepiped bone dice. There is one ring and dot on each of two adjacent sides. The dice is hollow.It is impossible to say what the original dimensions were, but it was probably similar in size to Finds 6002, 6004.

L 22 mm

Phalange Gaming Piece - G Wilson

3308, 306, 10.2

A worked cattle phalange #1, probably a gaming piece. Three sides have been cut or shaved smooth, probably with a knife. The effect of this is to emphasise the distal end.There are four very small notches cut in to the distal end, also probably with a knife. There is slight wear at the proximal end, which is partly broken.

Counters of stone - G Wilson

4119, Unstratified

A polished rounded stone counter.

D 24 mm; T 8 mm

4821, 141, 12.4

A broken rounded stone counter. The edges are rough, and it may have been unfinished when it was broken as the stone appears brittle.

D 21 mm; T 6 mm

4743, 539, 7.2

A stone disc counter.

D 38 mm; T 8 mm

4184, 301, 10.1

A stone disc counter.

D 45 mm; T 6 mm

4612, 680, 7.5

A rounded stone counter worn flattish at the edges and on the sides. Sub-circular in plan.

D 24 mm, T 13 mm

4816, 423, 9.2

A rounded stone counter sub-circular in plan.

D 20 mm; T 9 mm

4104, Unstratified

A small stone counter circular in plan.In section it is lenticular, with one side flatter than the other. This is possibly unfinished as tool marks can still be seen on the surface.

D 21 mm; T 8 mm

Counters of other materials - G Wilson

3006, 15, 7.2

A counter made of a polished cattle tooth. In plan it is very slightly elongated. This may be an unfinished pin head, see discussion

H 16 mm; L 22 mm; W 2.1 mm

1590, 680, 7.5

A round pottery counter. The sides are flat, the surface of the counter has been coloured black.

D 18 mm; T 10 mm

Miscellaneous playing pieces - G Wilson

4098, Unstratified

A glazed ceramic marble. This is probably a bottle stop from the later croft occupation of the site, not a gaming piece.

1523, 248, 6.2

Gaming piece ? A small piece of fired clay formed by pinching thumb and fore finger together. This may be a piece of kiln equipment, intended to separate pots during firing.