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Medieval chess pieces may have been used for another game

A new study on the historic Lewis Chessmen show they may have been used for another game called Hnefatafl, the rules of which no longer survive.

The 93 pieces – currently split between museums in Edinburgh and London – were discovered on Lewis in 1831.

But the research suggests they may have been used in both chess and Hnefatafl – a similar game that was popular in medieval Scandinavia.

It also casts doubt on the traditional theory that the ivory pieces were lost or buried by a merchant.

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