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    CAIRO, May 28 (RIA Novosti) - 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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