Archaeogaming Spotlight: Mehen


Another game played in the ancient world is Mehen! Mehen is an ancient Egyptian game named after Mehen, an Egyptian snake deity.


It was played between 3100 BCE and 2300 BCE. You can play with up to six people navigating around the spiral-shaped board. The rules of this game aren’t clear due to its decline in popularity and its lack of representation in the archeological record. There is also some mystery surrounding it because the supposed game pieces do not match the size of the segments on the board. One theory is that the pieces were rolled through the grooves as opposed to moved on top of the board segments.


Photo: By Anagoria - Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=47317369

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