World’s Oldest Game Pieces Found

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People were playing pretty cool looking games 5,000 years ago.  That's according to an article by Rossella Lorenzi  in Discovery News entitled:  "Oldest Gaming Tokens Found in Turkey."  The pieces come in "…red, green, black, blue and white."  They also come in a variety of shapes including pyramids, dogs and pigs.

Archaeologists are now trying to figure out what kind of a game or games were played with the tokens.  I wonder if they have some game inventors working on the problem?

No matter how you play the game, I think they are beautiful.  Someone should (probably will) produce a game based upon these pieces.  In the mean time, here is a picture of a game board and pieces almost as old found near the Iraqi border.  Its called "The Game of Twenty Squares." 


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Interesting patterns that appear to carry the earmarks of what were to become dice and mahjong tiles.

 

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