Ancient Roman dice unearthed in cremation pit in Norway

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The article says "The game pieces, with bulls-eye-like markings that stood for various numbers and 18 circular pieces, may have been made from rare material such as antlers."

Since there are deer, reindeer and moose in Norway I don't understand why antler would be considered "rare material"?

Was it perhaps meant to say a material that rarely survives this long?
 
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