hist-games: Domino found in UK centuries too soon

jcelko212 at earthlink.net jcelko212 at earthlink.net
Sat Dec 1 08:41:37 PST 2007

I am at a loss on this one.  The item is clearly a western style [5-1] tile, but it is centuries too early according to anything I have read.  Can anyone in this group help Mr. Adams?

(search "domino" instead of scrolling down the page)


----- Original Message ----- 
From: Daryl Adams 
To: jcelko212 at earthlink.net
Cc: D Daryl Adams
Sent: 2007-11-28 18:12:41 
Subject: Re: Domino Information

Here is a link to a page with an image.  It is about 3/4 of the way down.


I have contacted the only museum/historical site I can find.  They said:

Thank you for contacting the Museum.

If you haven’t already done so, you might like to read this classic article about dominoes:

The literature about dominoes indicates that it is an Asian game and did not arrive in Europe until the 1800s.If your find was in the northern reaches of the UK, then one might speculate about Viking involvement since Scandinavians did have earlier contact with Asians. However, there is no record of a domino type game among Viking populations.

Rather than consult further print media, why not have your metal find tested to determine its age? Indeed, of the many media of which dominoes have been made, we have yet to learn of a “metal set”. What you have, may be just a decorative object, or part of a belt buckle, or a contemporary creation!.

We would be interested to learn what you find out.

musinfo at healthy.uwaterloo.ca


Any ideas would be great.  This thing just doesn't seem to fit.


D. Daryl Adams, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Department of Biological Sciences
Minnesota State Mankato
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