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Dr Irving Finkel

The Event

Organised by Persian Wonders in collaboration with Cambridge University Persian Society

Location: CAMBRIDGE - Corpus Christi College - McCrum Lecture Theatre
Date: 11/11/2023
Time: 13:30-16:30
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Contact: event@persianwonders.com

We are privileged to have Dr Irving Finkel as our guest speaker. He is a British expert in ancient languages and cultures, specifically focusing on the script and languages of ancient Mesopotamia. He holds the position of Assistant Keeper of Ancient Mesopotamian script, languages, and cultures at the Department of the Middle East in the British Museum. One of Finkel's research areas revolves around the history of board games, and he actively contributes to Board Game Studies as a member of the Editorial Board. One of his notable achievements includes deciphering the oldest game rules and reconstructing the Royal Game of Ur.
The event focuses on the history of board games in general and is not limited to ancient Persia. It will display a reproduction of the Royal Game of Ur, an ancient board game discovered at the Shahr-i Sokhta UNESCO World Heritage site in Persia, as well as the oldest rule book. Refreshments will also be available. The Event Leaflet.

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Persian Wonders is a cultural, non-profit, non-bias, apolitical team focused on the subject of ancient Persia.
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Yes, of course, one of our staff will help you daily.
Q. Is this event different from other everyday events?
Persian Wonders events are different as we would like to have engaging and memorable events by having special guests, having display shows and creating a friendly environment.
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Deciphering the world's oldest rule book

The Royal Game of Ur | PLAYTHROUGH

Objects on display

The Royal Game of Ur from Mesopotamia 2600-2500 BCE

The Shahr-i Sokhta Board game from Persia 2600-2500 BCE

Babylonian Rules For A Board Game - Front 177 BCE

Babylonian Rules For A Board Game - Back 177 BCE