|4||FOYOT Jean Marc||59|
The Egyptians left us wit a great deal
of evidence about their passion for games: principally throught the
wealth of their cultural rites. Marbles and skittles are part of their
The Egyptologist, Flinders Petrie, found at Nagada,near a child's stone coffin a set of small balls of porphyry (an igneous rock) and tall slim objects made of marble and alabaster. These items have been carbon dated as being from 3500 BC. This is obviously the first positive evidence of the game of skittles Discoveries have been made on other archeological sites and in particular at Zaouïet El Meitin, where stone marbles were found that are identical to those used up to the middle of the 20th Century.