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A recent article in Palestine Exploration Quarterly analyzes the game boards and pieces that have been discovered at an Early Bronze Age neighborhood at Tell es-Safi/Gath. Four game boards, multiple dice, and several carved pieces uncovered at the site are all believed to belong to a game called “30 Houses,” which is the Canaanite version of the famous Egyptian game "Senet." The Canaanite game boards, which have been found at various sites in the Levant, are often carved out of local chalk stone, as opposed to the Egyptian boards, which are often carved from ivory and inlaid with mother-of-pearl. The games provide a glimpse of everyday life in Canaan 4500 years ago.


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