The discovery of American scientists changes the understanding of gambling history on the continent.
A group of scientists from Utah, United States, has recently found a very interesting cave on the shore of one of local lakes. It is not the cave itself that made them interested but rather what they found in it. There were sets of different lengths rods, hoops and cubes of varying forms. All the findings are dated back to the 13th century and clearly indicate that some sort of authentic casino existed on the territory long before Las Vegas.
The researchers believe that these items belonged to the indigenous tribe of the Great Salt Lake that was previously unknown to science. In the first half of the XX century they also found moccasins, pieces of clothing and numerous household items which belonged to that tribe. But still, the existence of gambling tradition offers much more extensive information about this ethnic group and makes it stand out from others. The remains suggest that the tribe was very well fed and had loads of free time to spend on their hobbies and things that interested them. They used to play a variety of games, including gambling games. Scientists believe that to some extend gambling might be a fundamental factor in their intra relations and relations with neighbors.
Jack Ives who is an archaeologist at the University of Alberta reports that a number of discovered artifacts are similar to those found in other parts of North America. This suggests that the tribe had extensive trading activities and was far from isolated position. As for the gambling tools, they were crafted with impressive care. Gambling craps were made of compressed cane and the dots on dice were cut and then burned. Apparently the hoops were used for some kind of darts game.