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Other Board Games

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Royal Game of Ur

 

Date: 2600 - 2400 BC

Place: Ur, [Iraq]

 

Photographed at the British Museum, London, England. 

 

This game would have been played in Ur, some 500 years before Abram and his family left the city.

 

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Game Board

 

Date: 2550 - 2450 BC

Place: Ur [Iraq]

 

Made from shell, red limestone and lapis lazuli.

 

Photographed at the British Museum, London, England. 

 

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Game Board for 20 Squares

 

Date: 1510 - 1200 BC

Place: Beth Shemesh [Israel]

 

The rules for this game are unknown.

 

Photographed at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. 

 

This game dates to the era of the Judges of Israel.

 

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Mehen (Snake) Game

 

Date: 2750 - 2250 BC

Place: Egypt

 

Made from alabaster.

 

Photographed at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA.

 

 

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Limestone Mehen Game Board

 

Date: probably 2890 - 2686 BC (2nd dynasty)

Place: Egypt

 

This board in the form of a coiled snake was used for the game Mehen.

 

Photographed at the British Museum, London, England. 

 

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Game of the Snake

 

Date: c 3000 BC

Place: Abydos, Egypt

 

Made from limestone

 

Photographed at the Neues Museum, Berlin, Germany.

 

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Ceramic Game Board

 

Date: 2000 - 1600 BC

Place: Bismaya [Iraq]

 

 

Photographed at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA.

 

 

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Serpentine Game Board

 

Photographed at the Pergamum Museum, Berlin, Germany.

 

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Game board?

 

Date: 1st - 3rd century AD

Place: Ephesus [Turkey]

 

This stone slab with 9 inscribed depressions was probably used for a board game.

 

Photographed at the British Museum, London, England.