Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Social Studies: Playing the Royal Game of Ur from Mesopotamia

In our social studies class, students learn about ancient civilizations.  They learn that archaeologists learn a lot about a civilization/culture from long ago by studying artifacts.

Today, students learned to played the Royal Game of Ur from Ancient Mesopotamia.  Four game boards were discovered in the 1920s.  Also found was a clay tablet with a partial set of directions to play the game. A copy of one of the board games was used to play in the classroom.

To learn how to play the game, go to:
http://www.mesopotamia.co.uk/tombs/challenge/cha_set.html
and
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/worldhistory/royal_game_of_ur/