hist-games: Indian War-games]

Pat Smith patsmith at dnaco.net
Fri Nov 11 04:09:01 PST 2005

When they disassembled and moved the temples at High Aswan to keep them  
from being flooded, a grad student recorded all the enscriptons on the 
stone faces that had not been exposed to view since the temples were 
built around 1400 BC. If an enscription doesn't match one of those 
preserved enscriptions, (there were thousands) it is presumed to be of a 
later period.  There have been a couple other instances since then when 
ancient structures have been disturbed for one reason or another, and 
surfaces not previously exposed have come to light, at least 
temporarily. Inevitably, markings of one sort or another will be exposed 
when this happens, and the archeologists can build a reference chart for 
dating based on the design  and style of the markings, and the known 
dates when the structures were built. The doctorial thesis that come 
from these instances ca make invaluable reading, although I would not 
actually advocate having an earthquake level a 2500 year old temple just 
to read the graffiti on the underside of the stones. Still, when it 
happens I'm glad someone is recording what the long-ago stone masons 
left for us to find.

Pat Smith

Mats Winther wrote:

> 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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