© UASD / E. Jacquot. Archaeological research: Nicole Rodrigues

Table games, early 12th century

This object was found broken at the bottom of a pit in Saint-Denis (Seine-Saint-Denis). Restored, it shows a wooden table separated in the centre and bordered by a bone framework on which 24 arrows are pressed and carved on cow or horse sides. This ancestor of backgammon, which was called "table game" in the Middle Ages, is one of the oldest examples known at present in France.