Photo story: Ninestones, an ancient game

By Firat Aygun*

Ninestones is an ancient mind game of the Middle East. Archaeological findings show that the game appeared for the first time in history in Ancient Egypt around 1400 B.C.

In Sur, the historical district of Diyarbakir in Southeast Turkey, the game still lives on as an important intergenerational social activity. The elderly men usually meet up at Urfakapi, one of the four main gates of the ancient walls surrounding the old town. They come here to meet and chat and they often end up playing the game of their childhood together.


Firat Aygun is a photographer based on Diyarbakir, Turkey since 2009. He is also a teacher and currently teaching science.