1600-year-old ‘gambling chips’ found in India

(ORDO NEWS) — A team of the Archaeological Survey of India, while carrying out survey work in the ancient rich trading city of Vadnagar, discovered a whole collection of bones for various board games, the oldest of which are over 1500 years old.

According to the Times of India, in total, archaeologists have discovered 64 ancient dice. The age of these finds is striking – the most ancient of them date back to the 4th century AD, and the latest were used in the period from the 17th to the 19th century.

All these items were intended for various board games. Most of them have the correct rectangular and square shape. “Chips” are made mainly of ivory, stone, clay and animal bones.

Most of these items were used in the period from the 4th to the 10th century AD. This suggests that at that time board games in the territory of modern India were very popular.

The decrease in the number of such items dating back to the last millennium, on the contrary, indicates that the significance and popularity of such games has begun to decline.

The dice themselves are different from each other. The only thing that unites them is that they are covered with various symbols.

So, playing “parallelepipeds” are covered mainly with circles. And cubic bones are very similar to modern bones – they are also covered with depressions on all six sides.

By the way, stone game boards and bones for them were found earlier in the same region. They date back to the third millennium BC.


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