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The Royal Game of Ur

Last 29th of April has been International Tabletop day, a day to celebrate boardgames around the world. I love playing boardgames. Computer games are great too, no doubt, but there is something about rolling the dice with your hands, moving figures around in the board, exploring magical dungeons or chasing zombies in a Midwest town. The friends, the socialization, the drinks in between rolls… A lot of fun. And of all the events, all the internet posts and YouTube videos to celebrate this event, the best, without any doubt, is the one I am presenting you today: the Royal Game of Ur play-through with Tom Scott and Irving Finkel, the curator of the British Museum who discovered the rules on a cuneiform tablet.

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The Royal Game of Ur (British Museum image 120834).

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Oleiro da India / Indian potter

A próxima entrada sobre SIX está a levar un tempo, así que namentres o remato desfrutade doutro fantástico vídeo sobre olería tradicional. Neste caso podedes admirar a incrible habilidade deste oleiro da India. A parte máis espectacular, sen dúbida, trátase do uso dun torno tradicional que non necesita nin do uso do pé nin a axuda dun aprendiz; simplemente inercia. Se coñecedes algo sobre as placas de Penteskoufi ou a representación de traballos cerámicos na antiga Grecia recoñeceredes coma o tamaño do torno e a posición do oleiro son moi similares. Outro gran exemplo da importancia dos estudos etnográficos na arqueoloxía (English version below).

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