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The adolescent, who is not yet known as a man or woman, was calmed down with a popular game of the time known as Shagai - a version of the popular fortune-telling game Knucklebones (circled)

Bronze age skeleton discovered in Russia reveals the remains of a teenager buried alongside the fortune telling game Shagai made from the ankle bones of farm animals

  • The adolescent, who is not yet known as a man or woman, was found in Russia
  • Remains date between 3,200 and 3,800 years ago, archaeologists claim
  • Interred alongside animal ankle bones that are used to play the Shagai game
  • Shagai was like knucklebones and was used to predict the luck of the player
  • Two convex sides represent the happy horse or sheep while the concave faces mean a goat or camel and are considered bad luck
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Remains of a teenager from the Bronze Age were dug up in Russia after being buried more than 3000 years ago.

The adolescent, who is not yet known as a man or woman, was calmed down with a popular play of the time known as Shagai – a version of the fortune-telling game Knucklebones.

A set of ankle bones belonging to a sheep or goat was found next to the body in a necropolis in the Astrakhan region in Russia, close to the Caspian Sea.

The adolescent, who is not yet known as a man or woman, was calmed down with a popular game of the time known as Shagai - a version of the popular fortune-telling game Knucklebones (circled)

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The adolescent, who is not yet known as a man or woman, was calmed down with a popular game of the time known as Shagai – a version of the popular fortune-telling game Knucklebones (circled)

WHAT WAS THE SRUBNAYA CULTURE?

The Srubnaya culture, also known as wood-burial culture, originated in the late Bronze Age.

People roamed through an area along and above the north coast of the Black Sea.

They relied primarily on agriculture and herding animals for survival and were eventually succeeded in the region by the Scythians and Sarmatians in the 1st millennium BC.

The old game was popular in ancient Central Asia and was called Shagai or Alchiki.

It became known in other parts of the world as Knucklebones, or Jacks in English, and was supposed to tell the luck of players.

An earthen pot was also found resting on the skeleton, but this is not supposed to be related to the game.

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The teenager was discovered at the Bogomolnye Peski cemetery and is believed to be between 3,200 and 3,800 years old and belong to the ancient Srubnaya culture.

The scientific researcher at Astrakhan History Museum, Georgy Stukalov, said the skeleton was in a & # 39; crooked position & # 39; and claims that the game was probably the most popular among the children in the Bronze Age & # 39 ;.

& # 39; And this game – shagai – came to us through the ages.

& # 39; Even 50 to 60 years ago our grandfather & # 39; s and grandmother & # 39; s played this game. & # 39;

An earthen pot was also found that lay on the skeleton (photo), but this is supposed to be unrelated to the game.

An earthen pot was also found that lay on the skeleton (photo), but this is supposed to be unrelated to the game.

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An earthen pot was also found that lay on the skeleton (photo), but this is supposed to be unrelated to the game.

A set of ankle bones of sheep or goats was found next to the body in a necropolis in the Astrakhan region of Russia, close to the Caspian Sea

A set of ankle bones of sheep or goats was found next to the body in a necropolis in the Astrakhan region of Russia, close to the Caspian Sea

A set of ankle bones of sheep or goats was found next to the body in a necropolis in the Astrakhan region of Russia, close to the Caspian Sea

WHAT IS SHAGAI?

Shagai is an age-old game that was popular in ancient Central Asia and sometimes called Alchiki.

It became known in other parts of the world as Knucklebones or Jacks in English and was supposed to tell the luck of players.

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It is still played in Mongolia and some other Central Asian states.

it uses the ankle bones of sheep or goats as playing pieces.

The bones are thrown into the air and the position in which they land can convey the luck of the player, it is believed.

The two convex sides represent a horse or sheep – seen as lucky – while the hollow faces mean a goat or camel and are considered unhappy.

Possible Shagai positions from left to right: camel, horse, sheep and goat

Possible Shagai positions from left to right: camel, horse, sheep and goat

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Possible Shagai positions from left to right: camel, horse, sheep and goat

It remains a characteristic of society in Mongolia and some Central Asian states.

The bones are thrown into the air and the position in which they land can convey the luck of the player, it is believed.

The two convex sides represent a horse or sheep – seen as lucky – while the hollow faces mean a goat or camel and are considered unhappy.

In the same necropolis near the village of Nikolskoye, researchers also found the remains of a & # 39; smiling & # 39; prehistoric man with an artificially deformed egg-shaped skull.

They also discovered a 2000-year-old nomadic & # 39; royal & # 39; in a tomb with beautiful golden and silver treasures.

In contrast to the teenager – whose funeral was much older – these relics came from the nomadic Sarmatic tribe that went back to the 5th century AD. In the region prevailed.

Beautiful gold and silver jewelry, weapons, valuables and artistic household items were found next to the chief's skeleton in a grave near the Caspian Sea in southern Russia.

The most & # 39; significant & # 39; finds are seen as a male skeleton buried in a wooden box.

The head of this chief was raised as if it were resting on a pillow and he wore a cape decorated with gold plagues.

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Archaeologists found his collection of knives, gold objects, a small mirror and various pots, which apparently reflected his elite status.

The bones are thrown into the air and the position in which they land can convey the luck of the player, it is believed. The two convex sides represent a horse or sheep - seen as lucky - while the concave faces mean a goat or camel and are considered unhappy

The bones are thrown into the air and the position in which they land can convey the luck of the player, it is believed. The two convex sides represent a horse or sheep - seen as lucky - while the concave faces mean a goat or camel and are considered unhappy

The bones are thrown into the air and the position in which they land can convey the luck of the player, it is believed. The two convex sides represent a horse or sheep – seen as lucky – while the concave faces mean a goat or camel and are considered unhappy

The scientific researcher at Astrakhan History Museum, Georgy Stukalov, said the skeleton was in a & # 39; crooked position & # 39; and claims that the game was probably the most popular among the children in the Bronze Age & # 39 ;.

The scientific researcher at Astrakhan History Museum, Georgy Stukalov, said the skeleton was in a & # 39; crooked position & # 39; and claims that the game was probably the most popular among the children in the Bronze Age & # 39 ;.

The scientific researcher at Astrakhan History Museum, Georgy Stukalov, said the skeleton was in a & # 39; crooked position & # 39; and claims that the game was probably the most popular among the children in the Bronze Age & # 39 ;.

In the same necropolis near the village of Nikolskoye, researchers also found the remains of a & # 39; smiling & # 39; prehistoric man with an artificially distorted, egg-shaped skull (photo)
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In the same necropolis near the village of Nikolskoye, researchers also found the remains of a & # 39; smiling & # 39; prehistoric man with an artificially distorted, egg-shaped skull (photo)

In the same necropolis near the village of Nikolskoye, researchers also found the remains of a & # 39; smiling & # 39; prehistoric man with an artificially distorted, egg-shaped skull (photo)

The most & # 39; significant & # 39; finds are seen as a male skeleton buried in a wooden box. The head of this chief was raised (pictured) as if it was resting on a pillow and he wore a cape decorated with gold plagues

The most & # 39; significant & # 39; finds are seen as a male skeleton buried in a wooden box. The head of this chief was raised (pictured) as if it was resting on a pillow and he wore a cape decorated with gold plagues

The most & # 39; significant & # 39; finds are seen as a male skeleton buried in a wooden box. The head of this chief was raised (pictured) as if it was resting on a pillow and he wore a cape decorated with gold plagues

In the same necropolis near the village of Nikolskoye, researchers also found the remains of a & # 39; smiling & # 39; prehistoric man with an artificially distorted, egg-shaped skull

In the same necropolis near the village of Nikolskoye, researchers also found the remains of a & # 39; smiling & # 39; prehistoric man with an artificially distorted, egg-shaped skull

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In the same necropolis near the village of Nikolskoye, researchers also found the remains of a & # 39; smiling & # 39; prehistoric man with an artificially distorted, egg-shaped skull

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