Games and Everyday Objects

Game pieces and other everyday objects found during the sifting hint at the mundane activity which occurred and is still commonplace in the Temple Mount courtyards. While much of this activity is connected to ritual practice, some of it is simply daily matters.

Visitors to the Temple Mount today might encounter children playing soccer, while visitors during the Late Roman Period might have encountered Roman soldiers playing various games or gambling with bone dice, and visitors during the Mamluk period would have encountered Arab traders playing board games with glass game pieces.

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