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12-Ring DLP Game   

Period Ancient

Region Southern Europe

Category Reconstruction, Pending, Board, Race


12-Ring is a prehistoric game from Bronze Age Crete. The repeated occurrence of the pattern of twelve depressions in a circle found as graffiti at sites on Crete led to the speculation that it might be a game. Spatial analysis also showed that these boards were found in locations typically chosen by game players.


Twelve spaces arranged in a circle.



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Hillbom 2011.

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Hillbom, N. 2011. Minoan Games and Game Boards: an Archaeological Investigation of Game-Related Material from Bronze Age Crete. Saarbrucken: Dr. Müller.



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