This is really cool, a curator at the British Museum found out how to play an ancient Mesopotamian game! He did so by searching through the museum’s archives and chancing across a cuneiform with seemingly bizarre instructions. Nobody else figure out what it was until his love of the game and that particular cuneiform crossed paths.
Irving Finkel has possibly the coolest job in the world – he’s curator of cuneiform at the British Museum!
Since 1979 he’s been trawling the Museum’s 130,000 clay tablets for clues about life in ancient Mesopotamia. In this film, he tells us about a particular tablet he found that contains the rules of a board game – a board game that he’s been obsessed with since childhood!
Thanks to a ghost.