Gaming boards of 3 x 10 squares have been found extensively in ancient Egyptian archaeological sites. The game was known to the ancient Egyptians as the Game of Thirty Squares or Senet (sometimes spelt Senat) and seems to have been extremely popular.
The Senet board we sell here is a based on those found in various Egyptian tombs including those of Ramses III and Tutankhamen. The hieroglyphics on the sides of the Senet board are reproductions of hieroglyphics found on a 3,000 year old papyrus and describe the "wandering of the soul in the underworld". It is very nicely crafted and comes with genuinely shaped pieces and binary lots (ancient dice).
The rules have been deduced by games experts to a reasonable degree and are enjoyable for children and adults.
The board measures (40 x 13cm) (16 x 5 inches) and is hand-crafted from hardwood. There is a pullout drawer for convenient storage of playing pieces - such a drawer also featured in many of the Senet boards found in ancient Egypt.
Senet is the ancient ancestor of Backgammon and is also related to the oldest board game ever discovered - the Royal game of Ur. You can learn more about the History of Senet from The Online Guide to Traditional Games.