Archaeologists carrying out the restoration in a place in the southeast of the state of Campeche, have discovered a mayan game board dating back more than 1,000 years, according to the National Institute of Anthropology and History of Mexico.
One member of the team that found the artifact, Heber Ojeda, estimates that the table was used between the 7th and 10th centuries during the late Classic period of Dzibilnocac.
“It is a sgraffito painting with indications of approximately 50 centimeters on each side that was discovered on the floor of the second highest site of the building called A1”Says the archaeologist.
Etched on the surface of the table are 58 rectangles of various sizes where the players could have used beans as game tokens, says Ojeda. One of her colleagues, Judith Gallegos Gomora, says that the table was designed for Patolli, a game of chance described in the mayan codices and in the chronicles of colonial Spain.
He added, however, that the table bears a great resemblance with the Mayan quincunx, a schematic representation of the universe that may have been used for divination.
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