Roueché Ch., Bell R. C. (2007), “Graeco-Roman Pavement Signs and Game Boards: a British Museum Working Typology”, in I.L. Finkel (ed.), Ancient Board Games in Perspective: Papers from the 1990 British Museum Colloquium, with Additional Contributions, London: The British Museum Press, p. 106-109 | Download

The purpose of this publication is to present as large a selection as possible of examples of the pavement designs found in buildings and spaces used in the Graeco-Roman period, with a simple terminology. Some of these are definitely gameboards, others may be, many more may have a function which we cannot determine. We are offering both a very brief letter and number code, and a simple description. It is our hope that in future publications those responsible for publishing archaeological materials will mention the designs which they find, using this terminology; this may enable scholars to develop a better understanding of the functions of such signs. We have tried to devise a numbering system which allows for additions, and we would welcome any such additions, comments and further illustrations; we would hope to publish a revised and expanded version before long, and in any case in time for the next international Epigraphic Congress.

A summary of this material was provided in C. Roueché, Performers and Partisans at Aphrodisias (London, 1993), 249-252. A full typology, but without references to published images, was published (with the late R. C. Bell) as ‘Graeco-Roman pavement signs and gameboards: a British Museum Working Typology’ in I. Finkel ed., Ancient Board Games in Perspective (London, 2007), 106-109.