This game found on the Mary Rose was the forerunner of backgammon and was called a Tables Set. Eight poplar wood disc counters were found and a leather pouch for shaking the dice.
The game is a race game and was popular in medieval Europe. References to similar games have been found in the Middle East, France, Germany and Spain. It developed into the more sophisticated game we call Backgammon in the seventeenth century.
Along with this example of a game was found musical instruments and dice, to give a remarkable insight into the daily lives of the crew of the Mary Rose in 1545.
At least ten musical instruments were on board the Mary Rose when she sank. These include two fiddles, a bow, a shawm (wind instrument), three tabor pipes, one tabor (drum), and a probable tabor beater.
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