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Mn (Men)DLP Game   

Period Ancient

Region Northern Africa

Category Reconstruction, Pending, Board, Race


Mn is a game from ancient Nubia and Egypt, and is one of the earliest board game with preserved evidence. It has been found and depicted in tombs of nobility from the fourth and third millennia BCE.


Rectangular board, with sixteen grooves. Five rectangular pieces per player.



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Crist et al. 2016: 37-38.

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Crist, W., A.-E. Dunn-Vaturi and A. de Voogt. 2016. Ancient Egyptians at Play: Board Games Across Borders. London: Bloomsbury.

Emery, W. 1954. Excavations at Sakkara: Great Tombs of the First Dynasty II. London: Egypt Exploration Fund.

Garstang, J. 1907. The Burial Customs of Ancient Egypt as Illustrated by Tombs of the Middle Kingdom; Being a Report of Excavations Made in the Necropolis of Beni Hassan during 1902-3-4. London: Archibald Constable & co. Ltd.

May, R. (ed.) 1991. Jouer dans l’antiquité. Marseille: Musées de Marseille.

Petrie, W.M.F. et al. 1892. Medum. London: D. Nutt.

Quibbell, J. 1913. Excavations at Saqqara 1911–1912: The Mastaba of Hesy. Cairo: IFAO.

Williams, B. 1986. The University of Chicago Oriental Institute Nubian Expedition Volume III: Excavations betweeen Abu Simbel and the Sudan Frontier. The A-Group Royal Cemetery at Qustul: Cemetery L. Chicago: Oriental Institute.



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