According to Durham University, England and DigVentures, it is actually a 1,200-year glass “king” piece that looks like a delicious blue gum decorated with white icing. in the UK
The royal blue game piece was discovered in September 2019 during a community-based excavation in a cemetery on Lindisfarne (also known as Holy Island), a small island off the northeastern coast of England. Lindisfarne was once home to monks who operated a medieval monastery that was badly occupied by the Vikings in 793 AD.
“It is a truly wonderful discovery that gives us a very special insight into life at the monastery at this time,” said David Petts, senior lecturer in archeology at Durham University, where he was excavated with DigVentures, on Thursday (February 6th). “This looks like other examples found in settlements and commercial sites on the edge of the North Sea, and shows us that not only people with free time in Lindisfarne, but also well connected.”
Maiya Pina-Dacier, community head at DigVentures, said that five white bobble embellished the new find, and that it was a king piece. Pina-Dacier told Live Science in an email about 0.7 inches (2 centimeters) or “about a chocolate dessert or Ferrero Rocher’s size.”
The monarch would be a “high status object” of a royal living in or visiting the Lindisfarne monastery before the Vikings invaded. “Other game pieces are usually made of wood or bone. We hope to do more analysis to tell us more about how it’s made and perhaps where the materials come from.”
The board game itself was a strategically loaded lark with Roman roots called “ludus latrunculorum”. As the Romans invaded new lands, ludus latrunculorum spread; The game developed differently everywhere but the term umbrella was recognized by “stone”. Pina-Dacier said that Tafl games were played in England, Ireland, Iceland, Denmark and Sweden before chess came in the 11th and 12th centuries.
“Although each region had its own version of its rules, the basic principles were the same: Defend a king in the center against attackers,” he said. “Usually there was only a decorated piece – king; the rest would be more like a counter.”
This is the second stone game piece discovered in the British Isles. The other was found on the Pictish hill in Dundurn, Scotland.DigVentures plans to return to Lindisfarne in September 2020 to continue digging