Senet, a board game from Ancient Egypt

Senet. Ancient Egypt table game | egyking

Senet. Ancient Egypt table game | egyking

After a long day of work by the Nile River, Ancient Egyptians relaxed by playing various board games. Egyptians loved to ‘hang out’ and play games such as Mehen, Dogs and Jackals, and a popular game called Senet.

In the game of Senet, kids played on a large board, painted with 30 squares similar to Checkers. In the game each player would throw small sticks, in the same way you throw dice, this would show the exact number of moves you could make with the pieces on the board. Although we still don’t know the exact rules of the game of chance, we do know is that it was a popular game. So popular that Egyptian walls show Queen Nefertari playing this particular game.

On November 1922, during the discovery of King Tutankhamen intact tomb in the Valley of the Kings, board games were discovered inside of his tomb. This is proof that ancient Egyptians loved games and playing with friends, just as much as we do today. Yet, this is only one detail from this great civilization we share.

Watch the following video clip of Ancient Egypt and its people. Notice closely the contributions Egyptians gave to society more than 5,000 years ago.

(Ancient Egypt | National Geographic | YouTube)



  • What are three important contributions ancient Egyptians gave to society more than 5,000 years ago?
  • Why did the ancient Egyptians mummify their dead?
  • We don’t know the exact rules of this game of Senet, regardless, how do you suppose this popular game was played?

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  1. 1) They built great stone monuments, they write in this type of writing named hieroglyphs, and they would cover the dead bodies with bandages then the mummy went into an elaborate, covered with magic spells.

    2) They mummified their dead so their soul will still live.

    3) The game involved throwing sticks (in the same way we throw dice) to see how many squares to move your piece forward on the board.

  2. I loved the part with the gods I loved the story of Osirus and it told me some gods names

    2.They mummify their people after death because they believed in life after death.

    3. We don’t know most of Senet because it was made along time ago.Just like when people don’t pass on cultures and the way they speak.

  3. I loved this video because it showed so much detail I was very interested 😀

  4. I did not like the video so much

  5. What a interesting video!

  6. I like Egytains they remind me of aliens

    • Hello SC. Good to see you again. I’m wondering, why do Egyptians remind you of aliens?

      • Hello 34 Kiwis, are you still there? I just wanted to say that kiwi24 is now . . . “Tap Dancer”
        P.S I liked the video.

      • Welcome back Tap Dancer! I’m still here. You know you can start our own thread at the bottom. I’m glad you enjoyed the video and learned something new today.

      • well there is creepy things in egipt like the pyrimads how can they evean biuld them they had to have some sort of help to put them to togethir because people can’t even biuld it right now how coud they biuld it in the past with now mechines

      • Hello SC. You believe they are creepy? You also believe Egyptians received help building the pyramids? You have very interesting thoughts SC.

        Anyone else have theories?

  7. i know what made it so popular becase you learn what life was like a thousand years ago like stuff you did not no so that’s why i think it’s 2 on the top 5

  8. I know what made this post so cool,its because you get to learn history and biography!

  9. The pharaoh got the rich peasants to do the farm work on the rich lands.

    Most villagers were farmers. Farmers lived in towns too, along with craftworkers, traders and other workers and their families.Egyptians grew crops such as wheat, barley, vegetables, figs, melons, pomegranates and vines. They also grew flax which was made into linen.

    The most important crop was grain. The ancient Egyptians used grain to make bread, porridge and beer. Grain was the first crop they grew after inundation (flooding season). Once the grain was harvested, they grew vegetables such as onions, leeks, cabbages, beans, cucumberFarmers planted fruit trees and vines along paths, to give shade as well as fruit.s and lettuce.The Egyptians grew their crops along the banks of the River Nile on the rich black soil, or kemet which was left behind after the yearly floods. The fertile soil was ideal to grow healthy crops.Egyptian farmers divided their year into three seasons, based on the cycles of the Nile River:

    Akhet – the inundation (June-September): The Flooding Season.
    No farming was done at this time, as all the fields were flooded. Instead, many farmers worked for the pharaoh (king), building pyramids or temples. Some of the time was spent mending their tools and looking after animals.

    Peret (October-February): The Growing Season.
    In October the floodwaters receded, leaving behind a layer of rich, black soil. This fertile soil was then ploughed and seeded.

    Shemu (March-May): The Harvesting Season.
    The fully grown crops had to be cut down (harvested) and removed before the Nile flooded again. It was also the time to repair the canals ready for the next flood.The main farming seasons were the:

    growing season
    harvest season.
    In the growing season all the crops were planted. The harvest season was the time when crops were cut and gathered.Animals were very important to Egyptian farmers. Animals helped them with jobs like trampling in the seeds, pulling the plough, eating unwanted grain or wheat and providing the Egyptians with food and drink. They kept animals such as cattle, goats, pigs, ducks, cows, and geese.Peasants also hunted for antelope in the desert beyond the hills and fishing in the Nile.

  10. To lift the water from the canal they used a shaduf. A shaduf is a large pole balanced on a crossbeam, a rope and bucket on one end and a heavy counter weight at the other. By pulling the rope it lowered the bucket into the canal. The farmer then raised the bucket of water by pulling down on the weight. He then swung the pole around and emptied the bucket onto the field.

  11. Once the floods receded and the fields dried, the plants would wither and die. The mud that the Nile left behind needed lots of watering in the hot sun. The ancient Egyptians tried to trap as much flood water as possible, so they did not have to constantly get water from the river.

    They built mud-brick reservoirs to trap and hold the water. They also had a network of irrigation canals that filled with water during the flood and were refilled from the reservoirs.

  12. Another piece of equipment used by farmers was the Shaduf. See further down the page.

    The majority of the tools were made entirely out of wood, or a combination of wood and stone, however, some copper tools have also been found, indiscating that they had some metal tools too

  13. Ancient Egyptians had simple farming tools such as winnowing scoops, hoes, rakes, flint-bladed sickles and ploughs.They had both hand ploughs and ones pulled by oxen. The ploughs were used to turn the soil.


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