Mystery of the Roman die solved

Over forty years ago, a little ivory cube was discovered in Frocester near Stroud, England. The cube was soon identified as a Roman die, and now, a mystery surrounding it has been solved: The game piece was crafted from elephant ivory. (photo)

Experts at Gloucester City Museum, where the die is held, had hoped that the material used was rare whale ivory, but a scientific study has proven that the ivory was from an elephant. "It shows Gloucestershire was connected to the world even 2,000 years ago, with things coming from Africa to the county," said museum curator David Rice.