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Dice from Pompeii. Some are carved squares some are more traditional plain knucklebones.

Dice from Pompeii. Some are carved squares some are more traditional plain knucklebones.

Knucklebones (jacks)

The History of Gambling: Tools and Games

Egyptian kids played games with knucklebones or small stones, like jacks. (Knucklebones are really the ankle bones of sheep).  They played games with dice, too.

Egyptian kids played games with knucklebones or small stones, like jacks. (Knucklebones are really the ankle bones of sheep). They played games with dice, too.

Roman clay toys

Roman clay toys

Floor tile inscribed for use as a games board. Counters were made of glass, pottery, tile, bone or stone.

These dice and shaker are from the late 1400s and are made out of bone.  The dice were x-rayed and found to contain droplets of mercury so they always fell the same way!

These (thrown) dice and shaker are from the late and are made out of bone. The dice were x-rayed and found to contain droplets of mercury so they always fell the same way!

Knucklebones

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Knucklebones (jacks)

Knucklebones (jacks)

Ancient & Medieval History - Ten Syrian Terracotta Covered Wagons of Conestoga Form, circa 2000-1600 B.C.

archaicwonder:Syrian Terracotta ‘Conestoga’ Covered Wagons, c. BC These simple ceramic vehicles reflect the distinctive moment when men first used domesticated animals to draw wheeled vehicles, thus beginning powered transport on land.

Toy horse   (5th–7th century)  Made of bone stained with red pigment, this wheeled horse from Egypt is one of the most luxurious toys to survive from its era, when bone was an expensive material.

*EGYPT ~ Toy horse century) Made of bone stained with red pigment, this wheeled horse from Egypt is one of the most luxurious toys to survive from its era, when bone was an expensive material.

World History Facts — worldhistoryfacts: Ancient gambling pieces… Dice...

worldhistoryfacts: “Ancient gambling pieces… Dice from Rome, knucklebones from ancient Greece ”

Bag with objects for divination. Africa, 1880-1920. Front vi Wellcome L0057645 - African divination - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Bag with objects for divination. Africa, Front vi Wellcome - African divination - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Faience astragalos (knucklebone)

Faience astragalos (knucklebone)

Roman articulated bone doll. Torso and arms missing, but likely similar to other roman dolls. Lovely hair and face carving.

Torso and arms missing, but likely similar to other roman dolls. Lovely hair and face carving.

Tabula: "Allí donde se juntaban dos romanos, se jugaba una partida a algo"

Tabula: "Allí donde se juntaban dos romanos, se jugaba una partida a algo"

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With its miraculously preserved ancient objects – precious texts, gleeful art, children’s toys – Neil MacGregor’s last hurrah gets close to solving the mystery of religion itself

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