Gaming Board

Israel: Megiddo, Stratum VIIA; Late Bronze Age II, 13th century B.C. Ivory inlaid with gold and blue paste. Excavated by the Oriental Institute, 1936-7. "Two types of gaming boards are found among the Megiddo ivories- one for the "game of 58 holes" and the other for the "game of 20 squares." This is one of four similarly-shaped gaming boards for the "game of 58 holes." Every fifth hole, as well as the central panel, was once inlaid with gold and blue paste. "Studs" of gold leaf found alongside the board may have capped the pegs used to play the game."

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