Opening Address – University of Copenhagen

Opening Address

Princes on the Floor of the Playroom

Wed 17 May, 09:15 - 10:00 (KUA3, Room 4A.0.69)

Dr Irving L. Finkel
Assistant Keeper, British Museum, London, UK

Dr Irving L. Finkel is Assistant Keeper of ancient Mesopotamian script, languages and cultures at the British Museum. He is the curator in charge of cuneiform inscriptions on tablets of clay from ancient Mesopotamia, of which the Middle East Department has the largest collection of any modern museum. He organized a seminal symposium on ancient board games at the British Museum in 1990, thereby laying down the foundation for what would later become the Board Game Studies Colloquia. His contributions to the field of board game studies have continued over the years, including the discovery of the rules for the Royal Game of Ur on an ancient cuneiform tablet.