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7th-century game piece found in England

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A game piece dating back to the 7th century A.D. has been found at an Anglo-Saxon site in Kent, England.

“This piece comes from a high-end – Harrods – backgammon set,” the Reading University archaeologist Gabor Thomas said. “Not only high-end but quite possibly Italian – Ferrari – high-end, as the best parallels outside England are from the 6th-century Lombard kingdom. If such pieces are indeed of Lombardic manufacture, then the implication is that the kings of Kent enjoyed the latest fashions in gaming culture, courtesy of their far-reaching continental contacts.”

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Story: Maev Kennedy, The Guardian | Photo: Design and Print Studio/University of Reading

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