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Saqqara Game (Two Rows of Thirteen)DLP Game   

Period Ancient

Region Northern Africa

Category Reconstruction, Pending, Board, Race


This game, the name for which has been lost, was found in a tomb at Saqqara, Egypt. It is one of the oldest preserved complete sets of a board game. The board was found along the spine of the skeleton in the grave, and a bag with the pieces replaced the person's head.


2x13 board. Thirteen pieces per player, one with tall pieces and the other with short pieces.



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Crist et al. 2016: 39; Kendall 2007: 33

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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.

Kendall, T. 2007. 'Mehen.' In I. Finkel (ed), Ancient Board Games in Perspective. London: British Museum Press, p. 33–45.



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