Photos In Azerbaijan found a Board game of ancient nomadsthe figure on the rock is the remnants of a field for one of the oldest games in the world. Walter Crist/Gobustan National Park

Probably, the game was a bit similar to the modern backgammon, as well as the chips used seeds or stones

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An archaeologist from the American Museum of natural history in new York Walter Krist found on a rock in Azerbaijan, the 4,000-year-old figure that was left from the playing field of the ancient Board game. About it writes Science Daily.

The rock is in a national Park Gobustan, the UNESCO world heritage site in the South-West of the country, which is famous for its ancient rock paintings.

The game is known as “58 holes” or “hounds and jackals”, it was widespread in the ancient near East, including Egypt, Mesopotamia and Anatolia. Although the rules of the game are still unknown, it is assumed that the game was a bit similar to the modern backgammon, as well as the chips used seeds or stones.

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Earlier, the British archaeologist Howard Carter discovered play set with figurines in the tomb of Egyptian Pharaoh of Amenemhat IV, who lived in the 18th century BC.

Crist believes that game on a rock in Azerbaijan may be even more ancient. Judging by the other rock paintings nearby, the find dates back to the second Millennium BC. At that time the region was inhabited by nomadic herders.

According to Krista, games ancient people played an important communicative function. “It is a tool of interaction, a kind of language to communicate with people,” he says.

Earlier it was reported that the nomads of Eastern Asia learned how to make dairy products for about 3300 years ago.