Coins minted by Edward I

Archaeologists unveil gaming culture of 7th century Anglo-Saxons

An extremely rare gaming piece is dug up at an early medieval royal complex at Lyminge, Kent. The piece was used for a game that’s similar to backgammon. Archaeologists discovered the piece in what was probably it’s original ‘gaming setting’, namely an Anglo-Saxon royal hall.

Anglo-Saxons loved games. Their strong gaming tradition is reflected in their grave-gifts, as complete sets are often buried with the dead.

More information on: University of Reading website



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