Medieval game collection unearthed

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Chess piece, game piece and dice from the 11th/12th century. Finds from the arch
Chess piece, game piece and dice from the 11th/12th century. Finds from the archaeological excavation 2022 at Burgstein (Germany, district of Reutlingen).

A team of archaeologists discovers an almost 1.000-year-old games collection including a well-preserved chessman, gaming pieces and dice. Laboratory analyses show that one party played with red. The laboratory results also allow conclusions to be drawn about the astonishing continuity of the rules of the game. The detailed analysis of the finds promises insights into the gaming world of the medieval nobility and the origins of the European game of chess. The finds will be on display for the first time from June 2024.

Over 1000 years ago, the game of chess found its way from the Orient to Europe. Chess pieces from the early days of the game are very rare. ...

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