Did the ancient forms of bowling more closely resemble lawn bowling?

Lawn bowling (or bowls) as an organized activity has been traced back to the 13th century, with evidence that it may have existed at least a hundred years earlier, in the 12th.

Evidence of a primitive sport that resembles more traditional bowling has been found in the tombs of Egyptian children dating back to at least 3200 B.C., making it about 4,000 years older than lawn bowling - and, at five thousand years old, one of the oldest known sports on the planet still being played today.