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58 Holes

Period

Ancient

Region

Southwest Asia

Description

58 holes, also known as "Hounds and Jackals," was a game popular in the ancient Southwest Asia from the second and first millennia BCE. In the center of the board are two parallel lines of ten holes, which are surrounded by an arc of 40-41 holes, typically with a larger or marked square at the apex. Pieces are typically pegs to be inserted into the holes, but in some cases disks or stones or seeds. Carnarvon and Carter propose a method of play whereby there are two tracks in the game and play begins in the central lines and progresses to the goal space.

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