Thursday, December 03, 2020

Gaming die excavated near Beit El

ANCIENT ENTERTAINMENT: Game die from Second Temple period uncovered in Beit El. Another find uncovered by Civil Administration during archaeological excavations in Beit El: Game cube from Second Temple period (Arutz Sheva). Another artifact excavated in Khirbet Kfar Mor (Khirbet Kafr Murr, Khirbet Kafr Mer). It looks remarkably modern. (HT Joseph Lauer.)

Is this die one of those unspecified "complete clay objects" (cf. here) found at the site? I guess the ancient inhabitants could have sat at a decorated stone table while they drank from those clay vessels and played dice. Good times.

An ancient entertainment center containing game boards was excavated near Gedera in 2018.

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