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Ancient Board Game - Game of UR
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 Game of UR - board game from Mesopotamia

  • 5,000 Year Old Game
  • A Race Game for Children and a Strategy Game for Adults
  • The Ancient Game of UR Evolved into Draughts and Checkers as We Know Them Today
  • Hardwood Board (13 1/2" x 5 1/4") with Storage and Pieces
  • Features 8 pyramid shaped dice and 14 playing pieces
  • recommended age - 6 years and up
  • 14" H x 5.75" W x 2.25" D (35.56 x 14.605 x 5.715 cm)
  • approx. 1 lb. (0.454 kg)
     

Ur of Antiquity was played over 4,500 years ago in the Sumerian city of Ur, the biblical Ur of the Chaldess. The game was discovered in the 1920's by the British archeologist Sir Leonard Wooley. Sir Leonard excavated a series of mass grave and among the treasures were a number of elaborately inlaid game boards. This game is modeled after the most intricate of the games discovered by Sir Leonard. The game was a favourite with the royal and wealthy inhabitants of Mesopotamia.

The board, found by Wooley, had twenty squares made of shell: Five squares each have flower rosettes, 'eyes', and circled dots. The remaining five squares have various designs of five dots. According to references in ancient documents, two players competed to race their pieces from one end of the board to another. Pieces were allowed on to the board at the beginning only with specific throws of the dice. We also know that rosette spaces were lucky (source: British Museum)

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