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August 22 2013

Ancient pawns: pieces from 5000-year-old board games?


Even in the Bronze Age there was more to life than work. Excavations at a burial site in south-east Turkey have revealed a set of 49 sculpted pieces that may once have been used in board games. They are among the oldest evidence of such games ever found.

Haluk Saglamtimur at Ege University in Izmir, Turkey, and colleagues made the find during excavations of a 5000-year-old burial at the site of Basur Hoyuk, according to Discovery News.

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