12th century chess pieces show demand for leisure products

Archaeologists working on a dig in St John's Street in Northampton, England have found two medieval chess pieces dating to the middle to late 12th century. The pieces, made of antler, show evidence of the demand for "leisure products." (photos)

The chess pieces "provide us with clear evidence of antler and bone working in the town, making something which is effectively a leisure product, said archaeologist Jim Brown. "It took quite a lot of effort to hand carve and finish these kind of things, so it's going to be something that you're paying the craftsman for."