5,000 year old backgammon set found

Via Boing Boing and Neatorama, there’s a Persian Journal article about a 5,000 year old backgammon set that’s been found. Lots of interesting stuff, but this design sounds spiffy:

He added the board features an engraved serpent coiling around itself for 20 times, thus producing 20 slots for the game, more affectionately known in Persian as Nard.

I wish the article had a picture of the board design.

Some time I’m going to have to take a moment and figure out a timeline of when these games were played. Senet, at least the reconstructed rules I’ve played, was pretty fun. I still wish Tafl was fun, but have pretty much given up on that by now. I haven’t actually played Chaturanga, which might be fun sometime. I was briefly excited about the old Roman Latrunculi which seemed to solve the Tafl lack of fun problem.

Well, I wish there was a picture of the board design. Maybe it will get published some time.