Archaeological finds in Israel: in the time of Goliath they played monopoly

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 Archaeological finds in Israel: in the time of Goliath they played monopoly

Recent studies show that board games were popular among the ancient Canaanites.

Archaeologist Shira Albaz of the University of Bar -Ilan and Haskel Greenfield, of the University of Manitoba, unearthed in-game objects at an early Bronze Age excavation site at Tell es-Safi in central Israel.

Tell es-Safira is located about 35 km to the northwest from Hebron, between the Judean foothills and the southern coastal plain. It is also known as Gath and features prominently in biblical events, including as the city of origin of Goliath, David's giant enemy.

game boards depicting a Canaanite game known as “30 Houses” and a game called “Senet” played in ancient Egypt.

Game boards and pieces were made from readily available materials and were used in all walks of life.

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