• NCR Regional Archeology Program

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Themes in Time

Playthings of the Past — Dominos



Dominos can be traced back to twelfth century China, though there is no record of them in European history until the middle eighteenth century. The game, as we know it, appeared around 1750 in Italy and France, eventually spreading throughout Europe and to the United States. Dominos became a favorite parlor game in the U.S. in the nineteenth century. These three examples, carved of bone and ivory, were recovered from sites in Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.

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