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investigating the Etruscan dice

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This week's early view of Archaeometry brought yet another interesting article: "Gambling with Etruscan dice: a tale of numbers and letters" (Artioli et al., in press). In this short paper, the authors present an elegant solution to the longstanding question of Etruscan numerals, namely whether the Etruscan words huth and sa represent 4 and 6 or 6 and 4, respectively. The wikipedia article on Etruscan numerals (which I assume is based on the work of Giuliano and Larissa Bonfante, although no attribution is given), notes that most Etruscologists agree that huth is 4 and sa is 6...

 

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