Archaeologist discovers the 4,000-year-old version of the old board game


Image: Walter Crist

Some marks stained on the floor of an old cattle hut in Azerbaijan were found as an example of Hounds and Jackals, one of the most famous board games of ancient times.

While the ABC Archaeologist reporting Walter Crist, and the American Museum of Natural History (and author of a book specifically on Egyptian board games), made the discovery after local residents were not sure what the strange marks really meant.

Hunting dogs and jackals, also known as 58 holes, is an ancient game that was incredibly popular throughout Egypt and Mesopotamia, both that it features in the 1956 epic The ten Commandments.

This discovery is new to the region, since previously there was no record of the game being played there. This suggests that local farmers had contact with Middle Eastern traders who would have known the game and perhaps even brought copies of it with them.

What not is to tell archaeologists how the game really works; while we can think which is an early precursor to backgammon and cribbage, nobody ever made a YouTube video of 23 minutes or left a pdf of the rules out there, so maybe we'll never know for sure.


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