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7th-century game piece found in England

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

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

Piecing together artifacts from museum bombed in WWII

During World War II, the Tell Halaf archaeological museum in Berlin was bombed, smashing ancient artifacts into smithereens. Now, after nine years of work, 60 artifacts have been pieced together from 27,000 fragments found in the ruins of the building. The ancient treasure -- monumental deities from Aramaean civilisation and