Members' lecture
New discoveries about the Royal Game of Ur - SOLD OUT

Monday 25 September 2017,
BP Lecture Theatre
Tickets £15
Members £15


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Since 1979 Curator Irving Finkel has been studying the Museum’s 130,000 clay tablets for clues about life in ancient Mesopotamia.

From childhood he was obsessed with the most famous board game of ancient Mesopotamia, the Royal Game of Ur, the rules of which he came to decipher many years later on a cuneiform tablet in the collection from the 2nd century BC.

A big new British Museum book about it is well underway. In his inimitable style, Irving will present some of the new discoveries he has made about the board game that are simply too exciting to remain hidden. He promises to divulge two or three of the choicest discoveries, with the help of illustrations, jokes and outbreaks of deep gravity.

Includes a complimentary drink.

Age: 16+

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Irving Finkel with a replica of the Royal Game of Ur.