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 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