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Archaeologist finds 500 year old board game in castle ruins

A board for the ancient board game “Nine Men’s Morris” was found buried in the ruins of #Ćmielów castle, carved into a cracked #sandstone tile.

#archaeology, #boardgame, #merels, #Poland

in reply to Ingram Braun

since it's so small it might be one of the symbolic inscriptions rather than a board for actual play

A toy ball from #Roman-period Egypt, made of linen strengthened with strips of reed painted red & green; it also has stone chips inside that make it rattle when shaken. Amazing to think of someone playing with this toy 1500+ years ago! (📷 BM) #Archaeology #RomanArchaeology


This Ancient Egyptian game of ‘Hounds and Jackals’ is almost 4,000 years old! It was discovered in 1910 by Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon in the tomb of an official named Reniseneb at Thebes. It is made of ebony and ivory and dated c. 1814–1805 BCE. 📷 The Met NY.



How wonderful is this. A Medieval carved walrus, word in Norwegian ‘hvalross’, from a walrus tusk, photos via Nidark, Norway.
Dated to: 1225-1275.
Foto: Åge Hojem /N28915/Nidark
#archaeology #animals



Wonderful Viking gaming piece. An amber figure of a bearded man, probably used in the board game ‘hnefatafl’. Found at Feddet, Zealand. National Museum of Denmark.



Evidence of Roman gaming at Richborough Fort. Bone, glass & samian ware counters, 2 pieces of a single game board cut from reused marble from the Richborough triumphal arch & fragments of bone inlay from a dice tower used to reduce cheating c.AD300