ancient game boards have been identified among the
items taken back from illegal excavators of the
historical site of Jiroft, Halilrood area of
Kerman, indicating that people of the area enjoyed
playing games some five thousand years ago.
Three of these game boards look like eagles, one
looks like a scorpion with human head, and the
other is a flat board, and all have 12 or 18 holes
with similar sizes.
The discovery site of the boards, Halilrood, is
considered one of the richest archeological sites
of the world where ancient objects and
architectural remains have been found by both
archeologists and looters. More than 700 sites
have so far been identified in a 400 kilometer
long area of the Halilrood River bank.
According to head of the archeology team of
Jiroft, Yusef Majidzadeh, the holes in the boards,
which count to 12 or 18 and their similarity in
size indicating that they were most probably used
as games by the ancient residents of the area.
It is not yet sure how the boards were exactly
used, Majidzadeh told CHN, however, the equal
numbers of the holes and the holes all being in
one size show that they were games most probably
played with some sort of beads.
Jean Perrot, a world-known archeologist and a
retired expert of Louvre Museum who has also
studied the boards told CHN that boards similar to
these, plus some beads, have previously been
discovered in the historical sites of Mesopotamia,
and their form and structure shows that ancient
people used them as games to entertain themselves.
The boards are right now kept in the archeology
museum of Jiroft and Iranian and foreign experts
are studying them further to find out how they