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Italian archeologists have found in Egypt what may be the world's oldest indoor bowling alley
Italian archeologists have found in Egypt what may be the world's oldest indoor bowling alley, Egyptian media said Monday. A spacious room, with a shallow lane running through into a pit and two heavy stone balls lying nearby, was found at an ancient site in the province of Al-Fayyum, 90 kilometers (56 miles) south of Cairo, and appears to be man's first attempt to create an area for a game that was to become the prototype for modern-day bowling, archeologists taking part in the excavations were reported as saying. The site dates back to the Ptolemaic era, which began in 332 B.C with Ptolemy I Soter declaring himself Pharaoh of Egypt following Alexander the Great's conquest, and ended with the Roman conquest in 30 B.C. The period bowling room was apparently part of a residential building, with papyruses, pottery and copper utensils found at the site in abundance.
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