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The Oldest Stuff on (and Off) Earth!


You can tell Senet was an important board game to the Egyptians because starting from around 3500 BCE, it's ubiquitous in their tombs. They just couldn't imagine the afterlife without it! The boards were made up of three rows of ten squares, but the actual rules of the game are hotly debated (so it's basically Calvinball). We do know that impressive Senet players were considered to be favored by the gods, which again, hints at its central role in Egyptian culture. This is an image of Nefertari practicing her moves on the oldest board game of all time.

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