Fragment of gaming board, Bearsden
A fragment of a stone gaming board, found at Bearsden fort. It is 16 cm long by 12 cm wide and has a surviving pattern of 3x5 cells. It was probably used to play Ludus Latrunculi (usually translated as "the game of little robbers" - the robbers being mercenaries). Although it resembles resemble chess or draughts, it is generally accepted to be a game of military tactics. Counters would have been made from pieces of pottery, glass or small stones.
Hunterian Museum GLAHM 138032