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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

This is what board games looked like 1700 years ago

People invented games thousands of years ago to distract themselves from everyday life and to relax. While we have the most modern technology available today, you used to have to make do with simple things. A team of archaeologists now shows how it was played 1700 years ago.

They originally wanted to dig an Iron Age grave, but archaeologists didn't just find the usual items there. Between ancient containers and glass, they found the remains of a board game that people played around 1700 years ago.

Not that old, but still real classics.

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A great find in Norway

The archaeologists found the game in the west of Norway. It contains numerous double-sided game pieces made of bone and other parts that may have been used as a kind of cube due to the incised characters. What was played with it is not certain, the archaeologists themselves reminded it of backgammon.

According to them, it could also have been inspired by an ancient game – the Roman Lodus Latruncolorum. But also a well-known game from the Viking Age, called Hnefatafl, could be possible. In the end, the uncertainty remains, but the latter could even find a place in Assassin's Creed Valhalla.

The team presents the valuable finds in a video. What do you think of such discoveries? Do you have any other ideas about what game it could be? Feel free to share it with us in the comments.