Across the millennia, children have always loved playing with pull-along toys!

This child’s wooden horse on wheels, was once painted red and would have been a treasured possession. From ancient Karanis, Roman period Egypt, 30 BC - AD 395. Petrie Museum. 📷 my own.


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Photograph of archaeological ruins. In front is a stone wall with a threshold with steps leading into the footprint of a building from thousands of years ago
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Things are not as they appear. This seems to look like a menu from a tavern:

We have for dinner
chicken, fish,
ham, and peacock
(eat well?)

But it's probably meant to trick gambling inspectors, because, in fact ... this is the gambling game Duodecim Scripta! 1/ #archaeology

Marble 'tavern menu' which is instead the playing board for the game Duodecim Scripta. The first line reads ABEMUS INCENA, with a 'heart stop' between the two words. Note that all words will be six letters each, which is why ABEMUS is missing its first letter H. The next line is PULLUM PISCEM with what appears to be a round loaf of bread, scored for eight pieces. The third line reads PERNAM PAONEM, and a long peacock feather separates those words, as well as the final line below (not part of the game, but part of fooling gambling inspectors) which reads BENA TORES. I think that means 'eat well', but I don't understand the second word. Found between Via Volturno and Via Montebello in Rome. Capitoline Museums, Museo della Civilta Romana, MCR 3574. Photo: my own

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26 bone #dice found in a wooden house during an #excavation in #Berlin (#Molkenmarkt, Großer Jüdenhof) dating back to approx. 1400 AD. More toylike finds: marbles, ice skate, a #doll in a cradle. #archaeology. Photo credit: LDA Berlin, Anna Schimmitat.…



Viking-age amber gaming piece depicting a bearded man, 10th-11th century AD. Perhaps a ‘king’ from the Viking board game ‘hnefatafl’. Found at Feddet, Zealand. National Museum of Denmark. Photo my own.



From the British Iron Age, some 2,000 years ago, a beautiful and unique set of 24 coloured glass gaming pieces with spiral motif 🤩. Discovered in a richly-furnished late Iron Age grave, during gas works in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, in 1965. Photo my own.



The Lewis Chessmen. Characterful medieval chess pieces skilfully carved from walrus ivory c. 1150-1175 AD. A warder (rook) and a bishop, part of a large hoard of gaming pieces discovered in 1831 on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland. Photo: © Alison Fisk.



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An ancient Roman board game found in Norwegian burial mound may have been inspired by a popular Roman pastime: Ludus latrunculorum or the “Game of Mercenaries.”…

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Late Anglo-Saxon whalebone chess-piece, 10th-11th century AD. One of a number of chess pieces found during excavations at Witchampton Manor, Dorset, in 1926. Photo: British Museum…



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A partial list of important items from Scotland in the British Museum. A very long thread. All images British Museum. #





For this #, we have a bone gaming die dating to around the 13th century. Medieval dice such as this one, were often made as trick dice, to roll preferentially on particular numbers.

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Ancient Egyptian Senet gaming goard inscribed for Amenhotep III with separate sliding drawer, c. 1390-1353 BCE. Faience.
📷: Brooklyn Museum…



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A painting from the Dynasty 3 tomb of Hesy-Re at Saqqara, shows that Mehen gaming pieces included marbles and ivory lionesses. This ivory lioness gaming piece was excavated at Abydos in Egypt and is about 5,000 years-old. Petrie Museum.



For # an ancient Egyptian limestone board for playing Mehen, the snake game. Two teams of up to 6 players moved pieces around a board shaped like a coiled snake. They started at the tail, moving to the snake’s head at the centre and back. 📷: British Museum


A wonderful wide-eyed, shield-biting ‘berserker’ chess piece, carved from walrus ivory. One of the 12th-century Lewis Chessmen, found in a hoard on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland, in 1831. Norse sagas describe berserkers as warriors who went into battle in a wild frenzy


Many prehistoric cultures produced small figurines that could be toys. Or related to ritual. Using fingerprints, the age of the maker of these figurines could be estimated to ~18. But for whom were they made? Bronze Age, Rotbav, Transylvania, Museum Brașov. #


They came, they saw, they cheated: Man finds 2,000-year-old loaded dice in # field that # used to cheat with when gambling. # # # #


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
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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.



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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




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