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Bronze Age board game ‘played 4,000 years ago’ discovered in desert of Oman

ARCHAEOLOGISTS has unearthed a 4,000-year-old stone board game in a village in Oman, according to a new report.

Board game discovered near the village of Ayn Bani Saidah in Oman by Polish Mediterranean Center Archeology (CAŚ) from the University of Warsaw and the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism (MHT) of the Sultanate of Oman.

Researchers have discovered a 4,000-year-old board game in Oman

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Researchers have discovered a 4,000-year-old board game in Oman

The Oman-Polish team excavated in situ a Bronze and Iron Age settlement as part of a project entitled “The Development of Settlements in the Mountains of Northern Oman during the Bronze and Paleolithic Ages”. Iron”.

The project had only one goal: to study settlements in the Qumayrah Valley after preliminary research revealed prehistoric campgrounds, burial sites, settlements and towering structures dating back to the dating from 4300 to 4000 BC.

Still, the researchers were stunned when their findings revealed a 4,000-year-old board game made of stone.

The game, which was supposed to be for fun, featured and featured trophy holes, although it is unclear how it was played.

University of Warsaw archaeologist Piotr Bieliński, who led the work, said: “Such finds are rare, but examples are known from an area stretching from India, through even Mesopotamia to the Eastern Mediterranean”.

Other recent finds of this project include large towers up to 20 meters in diameter, traces of copper processing and several bronze objects.

Excavation of these items and elements suggests that the settlement may have engaged in the lucrative trade that Oman was known for around that time.

“The abundance of settlement traces from different periods demonstrates that the valley was an important site in prehistory, and perhaps also in the history of Oman,” said Professor Bieliński.

The mountain valleys of the Northern Hajar range were among the least studied areas in Oman when researchers began studying the area in 2015.

In ancient times, the valley was a major route connecting Bat to the south, Buraimi and Al-Ayn to the north, and the coast near Sohar to the east.

The discovery was made by the Polish Mediterranean Archeology Center (CAŚ).

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The discovery was made by the Polish Mediterranean Archeology Center (CAŚ).Credit: J.Sliwa / PCMA UW
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