2,500-year-old chess pieces found in China

Published on September 21st, 2010 | by Admin


Chess pieces which date back 2,500 years have been found in a tomb in China.

Ten chess pieces were found next to a skeleton in a Western Han Dynasty (206 B.C.-24 A.D.) tomb in Pingshan county, said Fan Shuhai, a researcher with Hebei provincial institute of archaeology.

The pieces were part of the original version of the game, popular in China at least 2,500 years ago. They were made of animal bones and were piled one on top of another, Xinhua reported.

Earlier, several chess boards have been discovered in China, but chess pieces are very rarely found, said Fan.

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2 Responses to 2,500-year-old chess pieces found in China

  1. Dewflower says:

    I think its absolutely fascinating! But, somehow the chess pieces don’t look so old. They all look new and shiny. But its probably because the people cleaned it all up. Great job for finding it! God bless,

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