3,000-Year-Old Orbs Provide a Glimpse of Ancient Sport

3,000-Year-Old Orbs Provide a Glimpse of Ancient Sport

Ball games are a big source of modern amusement, even amid the pandemic. “We are quite sure they were used in some sort of bat-and-ball game.”Patrick Wertmann is an archeologist at the University of Zurich and part of the team that analyzed the ancient sporting equipment. The balls are about three inches in diameter, wrapped in rawhide leather, and stuffed with leather strips and hair. [Patrick Wertmann et al., New evidence for ball games in Eurasia from ca. 3000-year-old Yanghai tombs in the Turfan depression of Northwest China]As for how this ancient ball-and-stick game was played?

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