Backgammon is the name by which Takhteh Nard meaning "Battle on Wood" is known outside Iran. This traditional board game is believed to have originated in Mesopotamia in the ancient Persian Empire. In earlier times, the game was played on wooden boards or tables with flat stones with numbered dice crafted from wood, stone, pottery and even bone. This game too fell out of official favor after the Revolution. Its popularity with the modern day generation in Iran however continues to be high and it's extremely popular in the countries of the Far East as well as Greece and Italy. The oldest backgammon with 60 pieces was discovered in South Eastern Iran, thereby substantiating the claim that the game originated in Persia.