Leather Balls Are Oldest Evidence of Ancient Eurasian Ball Game

Leather Balls Are Oldest Evidence of Ancient Eurasian Ball Game
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Balls found in the ancient graves of horse riders in northwestern China reveal evidence of a 3,000-year-old sport. These fist-sized balls, made of leather and filled with hair and other soft material, predate any balls found in Eurasia so far.

“It is likely that the three balls were used in a team sport,” said Patrick Wertmann, an archeologist at the University of Zurich in Switzerland. He is one of the authors of a study published recently in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports. 

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