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Evidence for Balkan Mancala

3 pieces of evidence found.

Id DLP.Evidence.2268
Type Artifact
Location 44°49'16.72"N, 20°27'11.42"E
Date 1600-01-01 - 1699-12-31
Rules 2x6 board.
Content Board found in the Lower Town of Belgrade Fortress. 2x6 board with round holes. Found in 17th Century fill. Bikić and Vuković 2010: 184.
Confidence 100
Source Bikić, V. and J. Vuković. 2010. "Board Games Reconsidered. Mancala in the Balkans." Етноантрополошки проблеми 1: 183-209.

Id DLP.Evidence.2269
Type Artifact
Location 44°49'16.72"N, 20°27'11.42"E
Date 1600-01-01 - 1600-12-31
Rules 2x6 board.
Content Board found in the Lower Town of Belgrade Fortress. 2x6 board with square holes. Found in 17th century fill. Bikić and Vuković 2010: 185.
Confidence 100
Source Bikić, V. and J. Vuković. 2010. "Board Games Reconsidered. Mancala in the Balkans." Етноантрополошки проблеми 1: 183-209.

Id DLP.Evidence.2270
Type Ethnography
Location Ragusa
Date 1658-01-01 - 1658-12-31
Rules 2x6 board. Several counters in each hole. PLayers sow the counters. When the final counter lands in a hole, making it contain an uneven number of counters, the counters are captured. The player who captures all of the counters wins.
Content Account from Poullet, who was traveling in the Republic of Ragusa in 1658: "Quelqués-uns d'eux sçauent les échets; mais le jeu auquel ils passent le plus ordinairement le temps, se fait dans uns petite boëtte ployante, longue presque d'un pied, et large dun quart. Dans l'étenduë de sa longueur il y a cinq ou six trous de chaque costé, de pareille granduer que les fossettes ausquelles les enfans joüent à la balle en France. Ils mettent un certain nombre de féues blancs et noires dans chacun de ces trous. Le premier qui commence, vuide le premier, et distribüe ce qu;il y a pris dans les suiuans. Le second fait de mesme, et poursuiuent de la sorte iusqu'au rencontre de quelques nombres impairs; auquel, celuy en faueur duquel il tombe, prend prend toutes celles qui sont en cet endroit, et continuent iusques à ce qu'un d'eux ait gagné toutes ces féues." Poullet 1668: 61.
Confidence 100
Source Poullet. 1668. Nouvelles relations du Levant. Paris: Louis Billaine.

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