Metal Detectorist Finds Mysterious Roman Object Possibly Used for Magic

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While out using a metal detector, Patrick Schuermans discovered a fragment of a 1,600-year-old dodecahedron in Belgium, with archaeologists claiming it could have been a mysterious Roman object that quite possibly could have been used for magic or supernatural purposes. The following comes from Smithsonian Magazine:

Amateur archaeologist Patrick Schuermans was wandering around a field in northern Belgium when his metal detector alerted him to the presence of something underfoot. When he located the item in question, he realized it might be something special.

He had stumbled upon a fragment of a 12-sided Roman object called a dodecahedron. It’s likely more than 1,600 years old, according to the experts at the Gallo-Roman Museum in Tongeren, Belgium, where Schuermans took the fragment in December. His find will now go on display at the museum alongside an intact bronze dodecahedron found nearby in 1939.

Schuermans, who has been hunting with his metal detector for years, found the fragment near the town of Kortessem in Flanders. His discovery is only the second known dodecahedron found in the area, per a statement from the government-run Flanders Heritage Agency. Experts believe the piece belonged to a dodecahedron that measured roughly two inches across.