Skip to main content

Photos: Dice and Pottery Found in 2nd Century Roman Settlement

Archaeologists have uncovered a Roman settlement that likely housed the family members of soldiers serving at a nearby Roman fort. The settlement, located in the modern-day German town of Gernsheim, holds countless artifacts, including an ancient dice and a game piece that the inhabitants likely used to entertain themselves. [Read the full story on the Roman settlement]

Roman architecture

This aerial photo shows the foundation of a Roman stone building in Gernsheim, a German city located about 31 miles (50 kilometers) south of Frankfurt. The leveling staff in the upper edge measures 16.4 feet (5 meters). (Image credit: Dennis Braks.)

Well shaft in profile

The darkened soil shows the profile of a Roman-era well shaft. (Image credit: Thomas Maurer.)

Rocky remains

Red Bunter sandstone blocks, likely placed there by people from medieval times or later, were found in a shaft in the Roman settlement. It's unclear where these sandstones are from, but they may have come from buildings in Gernsheim that were destroyed during a conflict or war. (Image credit: Thomas Maurer.)

Game time

Dice design has changed very little since Roman times. Researchers found a gaming piece and die during excavations of the Roman settlement. (Image credit: Thomas Maurer.)

Red shard in relief

A fragment of a red ceramic shard that shows a detailed relief decoration. This shard and others will help researchers date the site. This piece is dated to about A.D. 100. (Image credit: Thomas Maurer.)

An ancient best friend

Archaeologists found the well-preserved skull of a dog at the site. (Image credit: Thomas Maurer.)

Follow Laura Geggel on Twitter @LauraGeggel. Follow Live Science @livescience, Facebook & Google+

Live Science Staff
For the science geek in everyone, Live Science offers a fascinating window into the natural and technological world, delivering comprehensive and compelling news and analysis on everything from dinosaur discoveries, archaeological finds and amazing animals to health, innovation and wearable technology. We aim to empower and inspire our readers with the tools needed to understand the world and appreciate its everyday awe.