Every 10th find in Indus Valley Civilisation games-related

February 8th, 2011 - 2:04 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Feb 8 (IANS) Every 10th find from the ruins of the Indus Valley Civilisation 4,000 years ago relates to some sort of game, says a recent study from Sweden. Elke Rogersdotter from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden studied play-related artefacts found at excavations in the ruins of Mohenjodaro in present-day Pakistan.

The remains constitute the largest urban settlement from the Bronze Age in the Indus Valley, a cultural complex of the same era as ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, according to a Gothenburg statement.

Rogersdotter’s study shows some surprising results. Almost every 10th find from the ruined city is play-related.

They include, for instance, different forms of dice and gaming pieces.

“The marked quantity of play-related finds and the structured distribution shows that playing was already an important part of people’s everyday lives more than 4,000 years ago,” Elke said.

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