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James Madison’s chess pieces found at Montpelier

Two chess pawns have been unearthed at Montpelier, James Madison’s country estate.

Archaeologists recently discovered the pawns during an ongoing excavation at the fourth president’s Orange County estate. Montpelier archaeology director Matthew Reeves called the pieces a treasure that reflects Madison’s intellectual pursuits and social life.

The fragments of pawns provided enough detail for researchers to determine what Madison’s chess set looked like. Curators then bought an identical, authentic 18th-century ivory chess set, which now is on display in Madison’s home.

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Story: WDBJ7 | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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