The game had been thought long-dead, superseded by backgammon 2000 years ago.
However, game enthusiast Irving Finkel discovered the game’s rules carved into an ancient stone tablet.
It was believed a successful player was under the protection of the major gods of the national pantheon: Ra, Thoth, and sometimes Osiris.
Consequently, Senet boards were often placed in the grave alongside other useful objects for the dangerous journey through the afterlife.
The Royal Game of Ur was played with two sets, one black and one white, of seven markers and three tetrahedral dice (4-sided dice).(2000 BC)Ludus duodecim scriptorum was a board game popular during the time of the Roman Empire.He then spotted a surprising photograph of an identical game board from modern India.Soon after, Finkel met a retired schoolteacher who had played the same game as a kid.This series pits internet celebrities against each other and garners several hundred thousand views per video. A series of 49 small carved painted stones were found at the 5,000-year-old Başur Höyük burial mound in southeast Turkey. Similar pieces have been found in Syria and Iraq and seem to point to board games originating in the Fertile Crescent.So, how did something so archaic become so popular? (5000 BC)Most people don’t realize board games are actually pre-historic, meaning we had board games before we had written language. The Crescent is comprised of regions around the Nile, Tigris, and Euphrates River in the Middle East.