In a 5,000-year-old burial mound located in southeast Turkey, archaeologists discovered gaming pieces, which now represent the earliest hard evidence of the history of humans and games. Engraved into a wall within an ancient Egyptian pyramid are hieroglyphics from 3500 BCE depicting pharaohs playing a board game called Senet (also known as Mancala) and a dice game called The Royal Game of Ur. Excavations at “The Burnt City” in Iran uncovered evidence of an early form of Backgammon from 3000 BCE. …

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