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Archaeologists find 600-year chess

July 18 2008

On the excavations at the Palace of Facets (Vladychnoe) Chamber in the Novgorod Kremlin archaeologists discovered chess pieces. Possible time making discoveries - line XIV and XV centuries., RIA-Novosti. Figure of a chess king, whose height is several centimeters, made of some sturdy tree, perhaps because of juniper.
According to chronicles, chess appeared in Novgorod in the XIII century. In 1286, the church has imposed a ban on this game. However, based on archaeological finds, and after the ban chess remained quite prevalent among Novgorod.

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