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This tiny bone die was recovered at the Mattapany-Sewall site (18ST390), which was the home of Charles Calvert and his family from ca. 1666–1684. Calvert was the Governor of Maryland, and in 1676 he also became the Third Lord Baltimore. As part of his official duties as a leader of the Maryland colony, Calvert kept a supply of weapons and ammunition that could be distributed to the colonial militia for defense in times of crisis. When not in use, the weapons were vulnerable to theft, so the colonial government ordered that guards be posted at the site. This die was recovered near the weapons magazine, and might be interpreted as evidence that bored guards tossed the dice to pass the time., Photo image of an ivory die:Ivory Die, Date: ca. 1737-1900, Site Name: Victualling Warehouse, Site Number:18AP14/426 - The ivory die shown here comes from a site that was once used for storage of military supplies.  The Victualling Warehouse site (18AP14) contained remains of 18th- and 19th-century warehouses operating on the Annapolis waterfront, directly opposite the historic city dockyard. Two warehouses were built at the site by 1748, and they were pressed into service during the American Revolution. In 1781, the property was seized from its owner, Daniel Dulaney, a loyalist who had fled Maryland during the War.  The warehouses were then used as victualling offices to store and distribute military supplies.  After the war the property experienced a catastrophic fire and changed hands a number of times. It continued to be the site of a warehouse and it also hosted a store for part of the 19th century. Since dice are thrown as part of the game, it is easy to imagine how this one was lost, though there is no way to know whether the unfortunate player was a warehouse worker, a guard, store visitors, or a soldier who distributed goods during the American Revolution., Image of a painting depicting 17th-century soldiers playing cards and dice. Caption reads:The gaming of early 17th century soldiers is depicted in Soldiers Playing Cards and Dice (The Cheats), ca. 1618-1620, by Valentin de Boulogne. Courtesy of the National Gallery of Art.