New article on EB Games at Safi!

A new article on EB game boards and pieces from Tell es-Safi/Gath has just appeared.

The article, spearheaded by Shira Albaz, is yet another result of the joint grant that Haskel Greenfield and I received a few years ago from the Canadian SSHRC.

The full title is:

Albaz, S., Greenfield, H. J., Greenfield, T. L., Brown, A., Shai, I., and Maeir, A. M. 2022 Daily Life and Cultural Appropriation in Early Bronze Age Canaan: Games and Gaming in a Domestic Neighborhood at Tell Eṣ-Ṣâfi/Gath, Israel. Palestine Exploration Quarterly.

Here is the abstract: 

Discussions on daily life in Early Bronze Age society in the southern Levant often focus on subsistence or ritual phenomena, while aspects relating to entertainment and leisure are rarely discussed. This paper presents evidence for gaming behaviour, in the form of game boards and game pieces, that were recovered in the excavations of the Early Bronze Age (early to mid-3rd millennium BCE) residential neighbourhood at Tell eṣ-Ṣâfi/Gath, Israel. All the objects discussed are considered to be part of games (playing pieces, casting pieces, and boards) based on their resemblance to game boards and pieces published from various Early Bronze sites in the southern Levant (e.g., Arad, Megiddo, and Bab edh-Dhra), serve as the backdrop for: 1) a perspective on the social and cultural relationships reflected in these games; 2) an examination of the origins of the ‘Senet/30 Houses’ game; and 3) the appropriation of foreign cultural facets in Early Bronze Age Canaan.

Hope you find this makes you want to go play a game!

All the best


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