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A piece of the Viking board game dating back 1,200 years ago is located on an island off the coast of England

A team of volunteers discovered a rare piece of the game that is believed to date back to one of the first Viking raids on Lindisfarne Island about 1,200 years ago.

The small worked glass is adorned with a small crown of drops on the top and decorated with swirls of blue and white glass around it.

Archaeologists believe that the piece is from the Viking game board & # 39; hnefatafl & # 39; or King & # 39; s Table, which is a strategic game similar to chess.

Although similar objects have been found in Ireland, Germany and Sweden, it is only the second such piece that has been found in the United Kingdom.

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Archaeologists discovered a rare piece of play that is believed to date back to one of the first Viking raids on Lindisfarne Island about 1,200 years ago. The small worked glass is adorned with a small crown of drops on the top and decorated with swirls of blue and white glass around

Archaeologists discovered a rare piece of play that is believed to date back to one of the first Viking raids on Lindisfarne Island about 1,200 years ago. The small worked glass is adorned with a small crown of drops on the top and decorated with swirls of blue and white glass around

Lindisfarne, or Holy Island, is located on the northeast coast of England, which has a recorded history from the 6th century AD, and was the site of the first major Viking raid in Britain.

The game piece was dug up last summer in a trench, according to the project's main archaeologist, David Petts.

He also noted that, even if the piece belonged to monks living on the island, "it shows the influence that the Nordic culture already had in the North Atlantic," according to The Guardian.

"We often tend to think that early medieval Christianity, especially on the islands, is terribly austere: that everyone lived a brutal and hard life," Petts said. The Guardian.

Experts believe that the piece is from the Viking game board ‘hnefatafl’ or King’s Table, which is a strategic game similar to chess

Experts believe that the piece is from the Viking game board ‘hnefatafl’ or King’s Table, which is a strategic game similar to chess

Experts believe that the piece is from the Viking game board & # 39; hnefatafl & # 39; or King & # 39; s Table, which is a strategic game similar to chess

The piece is also valuable because it gives experts an insight into the real lives of the people who were in the monastery, rather than just their cemeteries and their subsequent lives.

The piece is also valuable because it gives experts an insight into the real lives of the people who were in the monastery, rather than just their cemeteries and their subsequent lives.

The device was discovered through an excavation financed with collective funds and attended by volunteers and was found by a woman who was visiting the site to celebrate her birthday.

The device was discovered through an excavation financed with collective funds and attended by volunteers and was found by a woman who was visiting the site to celebrate her birthday.

The piece is also valuable because it provides experts with a vision of "the real life of the people who were in the monastery, rather than just their cemeteries and their subsequent lives."

& # 39; The quality of this piece suggests that this is not an old game. Someone on the island is living an elite lifestyle.

The piece is also valuable because, as Petts points out, it is providing experts with a vision of "the real life of the people who were in the monastery, rather than just their cemeteries and their subsequent lives."

The device was discovered through an excavation financed with collective funds and attended by volunteers and was found by a woman who was visiting the site to celebrate her birthday.

Another discovery on the island in 2016 was also discovered by volunteers: a small round-head sandstone marker, commonly known as the name stone, dates from the mid-seventh to eighth centuries, while the original monastery was built. .

Lindisfarne, or Holy Island, is located on the northeast coast of England, which has a recorded history from the 6th century AD, and was the location of the first major Viking raid in Britain

Lindisfarne, or Holy Island, is located on the northeast coast of England, which has a recorded history from the 6th century AD, and was the location of the first major Viking raid in Britain

Lindisfarne, or Holy Island, is located on the northeast coast of England, which has a recorded history from the 6th century AD, and was the location of the first major Viking raid in Britain

The face of the stone is carved and some letters are clearly visible.

Experts are still deciphering the text, but it seems that the name of the monk commemorated in the stone ends with the letters & # 39; frith & # 39 ;, which is a common element of Anglo-Saxon names.

The co-director and academic leader of the project, Dr. David Petts, of the University of Durham, said: & # 39; This is a surprising finding, exactly of the period we are looking for.

& # 39; This stone could have been carved during the time the Lindisfarne Gospels were written.

& # 39; This is really, distinctly, diagnostically, the true Anglo-Saxon Cuthbertian period.

& # 39; Only a few have been found here and in a handful of other places.

"It is irrefutable evidence of Anglo-Saxon activity and confirms that we are following the trail of the first monastery here in Lindisfarne."

Brendon Wilkins, co-director and project manager of DigVentures, said: & # 39; We have evidence from the mid-seventh to eighth centuries of our three trenches across the island.

“ It is surprising to see the primitive monastery basically rising up on the ground and having an idea of ​​where the most important structures would have been located.

"We could not have expected a better result."

The project was financed with collective funds with £ 25,000 raised from around the world, with some donors joining the excavation.

It is believed that the Lindisfarne Gospels were written in the late 7th and early 8th centuries by a monk named Eadfrith, who later became bishop of Lindisfarne.

GOSPELS OF LINDISFARNE

It is believed that the Lindisfarne Gospels were written in the late 7th and early 8th centuries by a monk named Eadfrith, who later became bishop of Lindisfarne.

But what makes these Gospels unique is the combination of styles used, which incorporates Celtic, Mediterranean and Anglo-Saxon designs.

It is believed that the texts were dedicated to St. Cuthbert, who died in 687 and had a sanctuary dedicated to him in the monastery.

After the Vikings attacked and destroyed the monastery, the monks left and the gospels were taken away.

Centuries later, they found there the way to the collection of the British Library in London, where they remain today.

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