University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology


Author: Jeremiah Dandoy

Astragali, the Ubiquitous Gaming Pieces

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By: Jeremiah Dandoy

The astragalus, or talus, is a uniquely shaped, compact bone (Fig. 2) found in virtually every mammal including humans. It is part of the hind leg in four-footed mammals and part of the heel complex in two-legged mammals (Fig. 3). In the Bovid family, the six-sided rectangular shape of the astragalus makes it well suited […]