The oldest game board ever discovered was found inside the Royal tombs at the ancient Sumerian city of Ur in Mesopotamia. Ur of the Chaldees is mentioned in the Bible and the tombs were built more than 5000 years ago. The name of the game isn't known and so it has become known as 'The Royal Game of Ur'.
No-one knows how the game was played but many games historians have used various pieces of evidence to conjecture rules, most notably Irving Finkel, the inimitable British Museum games specialist who broke new ground by deciphering a cuneiform tablet with rules for the game from a later era. A set of proposed rules is included within the game. But if more ideas are needed, we at Masters Traditional Games take such matters very seriously and have published 3 variations of the simple race game in the rules section of our website.
The game pattern on this version of the game is based upon the board from the Royal city of Ur which is on display at the British Museum. It is handcrafted from hardwood and comes with special replica game disks and pyramidal lots (ancient dice).
The board is made from wood and comes with a small wooden pullout drawer for convenient storage of the 14 playing pieces and 8 pyramid shaped dice.
Contains small parts. Not suitable for children under 3 years.
Royal Game of Ur
An attractive and stylish version of the Royal Game of Ur. The board is made of solid Beech wood.
This version of the the oldest board game ever found is a replica of the original board on display at the British Museum. This famous version of the game was found inside the Royal tombs at the ancient Mesopotamiam city of Ur, now Iraq.
It includes solid Beech wood pieces, 3 pyramid dice and a set of rules.
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