Anglo-Saxon game piece found in Kent great hall

Archaeologists excavating the remains of an Anglo-Saxon in Lyminge, Kent have discovered a game piece "made from a hollow piece of bone closed with delicately turned wooden caps, held in place with a bronze pin," part of a high-end backgammon set. (photo)

The 7th century piece was found in one of the wooden halls adjoining a great feasting hall and is believed to have been crafted in Lombardy. "It is very probably a stray loss, perhaps cast away in disgust by a king with a reputation for being a very bad loser," said Reading University archaeologist Gabor Thomas.