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The Royal Game of Ur
Twenty squares that conquered the world
Dr Irving Finkel

The Event

Organised by Persian Wonders

Contact: event@persianwonders.com

Location: Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge
Date: 11/11/2023
Attendances: about 70 audiences
Contact: event@persianwonders.com

We were honoured to host Dr Irving Finkel as our guest speaker. He is a British expert in ancient languages and cultures, specifically focusing on the script and languages of ancient Mesopotamia. He holds the position of Assistant Keeper of Ancient Mesopotamian script, languages, and cultures at the Department of the Middle East in the British Museum. One of Finkel's research areas revolves around the history of board games, and he actively contributes to Board Game Studies as a member of the Editorial Board. One of his notable achievements includes deciphering the oldest game rules and reconstructing the Royal Game of Ur.
The event centered around the Royal Game of Ur. On display were replicas of the royal game of Ur, ancient board game, discovered at the Shahr-i Sokhta UNESCO World Heritage site in Persia, as well as the oldest rule book. The Event Leaflet.

The Catalogue
Limited edition, exclusively designed for
The History of Board Games

History of Music Catalogue 2023

Conference Photos



Conference Video

HISTORY OF BOARD GAMES, The Royal Game of Ur | Dr Irving Finkel

Objects on display

The Royal Game of Ur from Mesopotamia 2600-2500 BCE

The Shahr-i Sokhta Board game from Persia 2600-2500 BCE

Babylonian Rules For A Board Game - Front 177 BCE

Babylonian Rules For A Board Game - Back 177 BCE