Royal Game of Ur


In 1926, British archeologist Sir Leonard Woolley was exploring the royal tombs of the Sumerians in the ancient city of Ur (in modern Iraq). Within a large collection of treasures from about 2500 B.C., they found four game boards and the accompanying playing pieces. There was no way to discern the actual name of the game or how it might have been played, but the game has become known as The Royal Game of Ur, the Game of 20 Squares, or simply the Sumarian Game. Several commercial versions of the game have been published since the discovery a century ago—some versions more playable than others. Our Peg Pastimes version includes rules translated from a tablet written about 177 BC.

This game can be played by 2 players ages 8 and up. One game of Royal Game of Ur takes about 20 Minutes to play.

Click Here to watch a video to learn how to play Royal Game of Ur.

Click Here to learn more about the history of this game by visiting its Wikipedia Page.