Wednesday , December 8 2021

Archaeologist detects 4000-year-old version of old board game


Photo: Walter Crist

Some spotty markings on the floor of an old cattle cab in Azerbaijan have proven to be an example of dogs and jackals, one of the most famous board games in ancient times.

As the abc reports, archaeologist Walter Crist, from the American Museum of Natural History (and author of a book especially about Egyptian board games), made the discovery of locals being unsure of what the strange markings actually meant.

Dogs and jackals, otherwise called 58 holes, are an old game that was extremely popular throughout Egypt and Mesopotamia, so much that it is in 1956 epic The ten Commandments.

This discovery is a first for the region, as there was no record of the game played there previously. It suggests that local farmers had contact with businessmen from the Near East who would have known the game and maybe even copied it with them.

What it not tell archeologists how the game really works; while we can guess that it's an old precursor to backgammon and cribbage, nobody ever made a 23-minute YouTube video or left a pdf of the rules around, so we may never know for sure.

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