hist-games: [Fwd: History of Chess]

Jane & Mark Waks waks at attbi.com
Fri Jul 26 07:40:36 PDT 2002

Just got this pointer. It's rather intriguing, although it sounds like
they may be making some dangerous assumptions about what they've found.
Anyone have deeper information, that might help confirm that this is
actually a *chess* piece?

				-- Justin

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: History of Chess
Date: Fri, 26 Jul 2002 08:47:25 -0400 (EDT)
From: Mark Schuldenfrei <schuldy at math.harvard.edu>
To: waks at attbi.com (Mark Waks)
CC: schuldy at math.harvard.edu (Mark Schuldenfrei)

There is a micro-article in todays Metro-Boston on the history
of chess.  I've retyped it for you, since they have no web site.

Discover Dates Chess To 6th Century

ALBANIA. Archaeologists in Albania
have found what appears to be
Europe's oldest chessman, suggest-
ing the game was played in the con-
tinent at least 500 years earlier than
previously thought, a British pr-
fessor said Thursday.  The ivory piece
was found in the ancient southern
Albanian city of Butrint in a Roman
palace dated to the fifth or sixth
centuries, said archaeilogy profes-
sor Richard Hodges of East Anglia
University.  (Reuters)

Yahoo has a fuller story here:


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