Board Games in Academia V
Manfred A. J. Eder
Which games have been played with them?
A presentation of old gaming-pieces for evaluation and discussion
At the 1st colloquium "Board Games in Academia", in 1995, the
question was raised: "From gaming-pieces to chessmen - Which was the way?"
The answer has bin found - last but not least through the Internation
Initiative "We must fint the (gaming-)Pieces!", promoted by the Charity
Trust "Foederkreis Schach-Geshichtsforshung e.V.", for which I speak. Under
the title "Old Gaming-Pieces and Dice", an exhibition was arranged in
Viesbaden in 1997, frming the 4th Symposion of the research circle
"inicitative gGroup Konigstein", entitle "Searching for Facts".
My presentation will show mainly this material, Gaming-Pieces,
selected from a collection of over 700 objects, covering three milleniua and
geographic areas reaching from Europe to Far East, whith focus on
antiquities form Egypt, Mesopotamia, Persia, Baktria/Afghanistan, Pakistan
(The Indus-Valley), India, Burma, Thailand as well as neighbouring
territories, such along the Silk-roads. There is little to no knowledge as
to which board-games were played with these objects - so the objective is:
to find one or the other answer and to through some light int this sleepy