Northampton dig reveals chess workshop

Medieval chess pieces have been found in various digs throughout Great Britain, but for the first time, archaeologists have discovered a workshop where such game pieces were made. The discovery was made by a team from the Museum of London Archaeology at the Angel Street excavation in Northampton. (photos)

The game pieces discovered at this site were made from antler, "evidence of demand for a leisure product," according to archaeologist Jim Brown, and are believed to originate in the 12th to 13th centuries.