Board game uncovered inside 16th-century castle in Poland, ancient artifacts found along Pilgrimage Road in Israel, Bronze Age brain and skin remains unearthed in Turkey.
500-Year-Old Board Game Likely Inspired By The Minotaur’s Labyrinth Found Inside A Castle In Poland
While working inside the ruins of a Polish castle, archaeologists recently discovered a board game dating back to the early 16th century. With ancient origins stretching as far back as Rome and Confucius, this game was known by many names ranging from Mill to Merels to Ninepenny Marl, and saw two players compete to place three pieces in a straight line on the board. Some experts believe that this game’s board was not only used for playing, but was also meant to carry symbolic magical messages while invoking imagery of the Minotaur’s labyrinth.
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Artifacts Found Along Ancient Route To Mecca May Have Protected Pilgrims From The ‘Evil Eye’
In 1990, a resident of Eilat in southern Israel came across a number of clay artifacts. Now, researchers have determined that these items were likely once viewed as “magical” objects which offered protection to pilgrims making their way to the holy city of Mecca.
The 400-year-old items, which appear to have originated in Egypt, were found along a former pilgrimage route that connected Cairo to Mecca. They include a figurine of a woman, possibly a goddess, with raised arms; round rattles filled with small stones, which would have been used in ceremonies; votive incense altars; animal figurines; pebbles; and seashells.
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Well-Preserved 3,700-Year-Old Bronze Age Brain And Skin Remains Found In Turkey
During an excavation in Turkey, archaeologists uncovered the startlingly well-preserved remains of two Bronze Age individuals — including brain and skin remnants.
The discovery was made by researchers from Bilecik Şeyh Edebali University, who said that the find is particularly noteworthy because it is the first instance of skin remains being found during archaeological excavations in Turkey. Brain remains are also incredibly rare, having only been found four or five times before there.
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