[MR] History Blog: Inscribed Norse Game Piece

Garth Groff and Sally Sanford mallardlodge1000 at gmail.com
Tue Jun 20 02:16:05 PDT 2023

Noble Friends, especially Vikings,

Today's History Blog reports on the discovery of a gaming piece discovered
during sewer work in Trondheim, Norway. The small disk is inscribed with
carefully etched runes. This is the only inscribed game piece to be found
in Norway.

The disk was found between a sediment layer dated between 1000 and 1150 CE
and another dated 1030 and 1180. It is possible that this piece dates from
the very end of the Viking era.

The runes spell out "siggsifr" which could mean "brother in arms". This
might be a personal name, or could simply refer to the pieces use in a game.

The story is at https://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/67558 .

Yours Aye,

Mungo Napier, Laird of Mallard Lodge  🦆
Working to keep Merry Rose relevant for over 16 years.

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