Ancient Games at the Michael G Carlos Museum
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Ages6-8 years 9-12 years
Michael C. Carlos Museum
Many of our favorite board and strategy games have been around for hundreds, even thousands of years, like Mancala from Ethiopia and Pachisi from India. Sports, too, often have ancient roots, from the first Olympic games in ancient Greece to the Native American game of lacrosse. Remnants from these ancient games can be found across the collections, from the howler monkey court marker from the Maya ball game to Hounds and Jackals game pieces from Egypt and from images of Achilles and Ajax setting aside their armor to play a game of dice to the chunkee stone, used in a hoop and stick game by the ancestors of the Southeastern native peoples.Children will make and reenact these ancient games in a week long “investigation” of play!