A CHEATING Viking has finally been caught out 600 years after his death — after archaeologists uncovered his loaded dice.
The 600-year-old wooden cube has two fives and two fours, instead of the numbers one and two, making it useful for cheating in games.
More than 30 dice from the Middle Ages have been found over the years, but this is the only one found that appears to have been designed for deception.
Archaeologists and experts from a university’s cultural heritage department made the discovery in the city of Bergen in Norway.
It was found close to a wooden street in the medieval Vågsbunnen district in Bergen, which dates back to the 1400s.
It is possible that the 2cm x 2xm wooden piece was used for a game that is unknown to researchers.
The discovery took place in a part of Bergen that was a densely populated district with several inns and pubs.
Per Christian Underhaug, NIKU project manager, said: ‘It is not unlikely that there were lots of games being played in the area. When looking at the context and the dice design, there is a chance that someone tried to quickly hide them.’
Betting was said to be such a big problem in Bergen in the Middle Ages that the local authorities saw the need to ban it.
The excavations were carried out by the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU) on behalf of the Directorate for Cultural Heritage.