Turkish archaeologists take their turn with game-token find

08/18/2013 | Discovery

Carved stones believed to be the oldest gaming pieces ever found have been discovered in a Bronze Age burial ground in southeast Turkey. "Some depict pigs, dogs and pyramids, others feature round and bullet shapes. We also found dice as well as three circular tokens made of white shell and topped with a black round stone," said archaeologist Haluk Saglamtimur of Ege University in Izmir, Turkey. He believes the tokens are part of a chess-like game, based around the number four.

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