Ur, Ancient Mesopotamian Wood Game 13.5L -
The UR game board is a reproduction of a game board found in Mesopotamia's Biblical city of Ur of the Chaldees. It is from this city, according to ancient scriptures, where God called Abraham. Explorers were unable to locate the city until the 1920's when Sir Leonard Wooley, leading a joint British Museum-University of Pennsylvania expedition unearthed this 5,000 year-old city revealing an advanced pagan civilization and a hoard of treasures.
Our UR game is crafted of wood and features 8 pyramid shaped dice and 14 playing pieces. Instructions are included for adults (using strategy), and children (a race game). Both versions are for two players and are easy to learn, yet challenging.
Game board is 13 1/2 in L x 5 1/4 in W x 2 in D. Weighs 1.3 lbs. (PN 5642)
History of the Game of UR:
The game of UR is more than 5,000 years old and is recognized as the oldest in the world. Dating back to 3,000 B.C. It originated in the ancient city of UR, part of the Sumerian civilization once located in the region of the Tigris-Euphrates valley, Mesopotamia (meaning "between rivers) is the name the Greeks gave to the northern part of the valley. The Sumerians had an impressive number of advancements to their credit. They created laws dealing with property rights, contracts, and bankruptcy, developed cuneiform writing, originated the 24 hour/ 60 minute method of timekeeping and divided a circle into 360 degrees. Even though this ancient civilization was advanced they also believed in astrology and were influenced by the positions of the stars. Symbols on the UR reflect the Sumerian identification with the forces of nature and are a great example of Mesopotamian art. The people in the eastern part of Mesopotamia who had the greatest influence on all later history were the Hebrews, Abraham, according to the Bible, the Father of the Hebrew people, Christianity and Muslim religions once lived in the city of UR, which today is a railway station about one hundred twenty miles north of Basra near the Persian Gulf.
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