Ancient Chinese board game discovered in 2300-year-old tomb

Archaeologists have unearthed an ancient Chinese board game in a Warring States era (475-221 BC) tomb.

China's Shandong province.

China's Shandong province. Image by See-ming Lee / CC BY 2.0

The tomb, which was discovered in Shandong province, contained 2300-year-old dice, and game pieces believed to be part of a game called bo. Though the exact rules of the game are unknown, an ancient poem describes it as an opponents’ game played with bamboo dice and ivory pieces that are ‘kinged’. The game pieces uncovered in the tomb included 14-sided dice numbered in ancient seal script and rectangular tiles painted with eyes and clouds. Read more:

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