Ceramic and lead game tokens have been unearthed during excavations at the 19th-century penitentiary building at the Port Arthur Historical Site in Tasmania. Although we have only just finished excavating the topsoil, we have already found some very interesting artefacts. The highlight would have to be a number of gaming tokens.
Archaeologists believe they have unearthed the world's oldest yet-found gaming pieces in a Bronze Age burial in Turkey. Small carved stones unearthed in a nearly 5,000-year-old burial could represent the earliest gaming tokens ever found, according to Turkish archaeologists who are excavating early Bronze Age graves. Found in a burial at Ba?ur
A 1000-year-old game board has been found on the Maya site of Dzibilnocac in Mexico. “It is an esgraffito scoreboard of approximately 50 centimeters (19.68 inches) on each side, which was discovered on the floor of the second highest space” in the building denoted A1, the archaeologist said. Etched into the surface
Discovery News has posted an interesting article about the history of board games. The study, published in the journal Antiquity, mentions that board games likely originated and disseminated from Egypt and the Fertile Crescent regions at around 3500 B.C. From there, they spread around the Mediterranean before reaching the Roman Empire
A monolith of a pre-Columbian ballplayer which dates between 900 A.D. - 1000 A.D. has been found in Zacatecas, Mexico. The pre-Columbian sculpture was excavated from a depth of 1.5 meters (5 feet), the INAH said in a statement, noting that another sculpture depicting a ballplayer was located at the end