Board game over 1600 years old found in Norway

(ORDO NEWS) — In April this year, archaeologists from the Norwegian Museum at the University of Bergen made an interesting discovery: they found a board game, the rules of which were very difficult to understand.

The game was in an Iron Age tomb excavated by archaeologists near the village of Itre Foss in the west of the country. In addition to the mysterious game elements, the burial included pottery and burnt glass.

Scientists were most interested in the game that was created in 100-400 years of our era. It consists of 13 whole and 5 broken chips, which were played in ancient times on a special board (it was also in the grave).

A large number of objects suggests that a very rich and influential person was buried. Researcher Morten Ramstad noted that the game refers us to the Roman Empire, where only the upper classes of society spent time at board games.

According to scientists, the game, which is almost two millennia, shows how people in those days differed from modern representatives of Homo sapiens.

Entertainment is based on another game – Ludus Latrunculorum, which, in turn, was created generally by the Greeks and bore the original name Petteia.

This entertainment is mentioned by Plath and the followers of his thoughts. It is interesting that these games come from Scandinavian and Celtic entertainment: people played on a checkered or trellised board with two armies.

According to the researchers, the essence of the game is most likely similar to modern chess: the pieces moved according to the principle of rook movement. Unfortunately, the exact rules could not be found.


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