hist-games: Indian War-games

Mats Winther mwi9 at swipnet.se
Thu Nov 10 21:47:20 PST 2005


Den 2005-11-11 04:40:04 skrev <SEDWilkins at aol.com>:

> Mats writes:
>
>> Why on earth did they inscribe the game patterns on the roofing
>> slabs? They did this in India, too.
>>
>Probably the roofing tiles spent a lot of time stacked on the ground waiting
> to be used, and were a handy surface to play on during lunch and break time .
> . . after all, no one would see them up close once the building was done.
>Sally Wilkins
> Sports and Games of Medieval Cultures


But what about the roofing slabs of the temple at Kurna in Egypt (1400BC)?
How come, nowadays, egyptologists think that these images are relatively
recent, belonging to the Islamic period, as Ulrich points out? Apparently
egyptologists think that these patterns were inscribed long after the tiles
were put into place, or do these tiles derive from renovations of later date?

Mats



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