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Unfinished bone die.  This example is one of seven unfinished dice or game pieces recovered from this privy.  The die has been shaped and markings made for the placement of the dots, for later drilling.  Each of the pieces has split or shows damage that led to its being discarded before completion. 18BC80Unfinished bone die.  This example is one of seven unfinished dice or game pieces recovered from this privy.  The die has been shaped and markings made for the placement of the dots, for later drilling.  Each of the pieces has split or shows damage that led to its being discarded before completion. 18BC80

Unfinished bone die.  This example is one of seven unfinished dice or game pieces recovered from this privy.  The die has been shaped and markings made for the placement of the dots, for later drilling.  Each of the pieces has split or shows damage that led to its being discarded before completion. 18BC80

Site: 18BC80  Privy 19A01

Context: Brick lined privy, Lot 76. Privy associated either with African-American or German immigrant neighborhood.

Site Date Range: Late 19th to early 20th century 

Materials: Bone

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Description: Unfinished bone die.  These examples are some of seven unfinished dice or game pieces recovered from this privy.  The dice have been shaped and markings made for the placement of the dots, for later drilling.  Each of the pieces has split or shows damage that led to its being discarded before completion.

History: Dice games were popular in North American taverns in the 18th century, but were also used in board games at home (Cooperman 2017).