Even Dead Vikings Played Board Games

Excavations uncovered 23 game pieces that Vikings placed in boats they in which they placed their dead.

Vikings were notorious game players, and this discovery indicates that they believed that their fallen comrades played even while making their journey to the afterlife.

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2 Responses to “Even Dead Vikings Played Board Games”

  1. Mischa Says:

    Image of the amber stones here, from one of the team leads:

    http://scienceblogs.com/aardvarchaeology/2008/05/skamby_gaming_pieces_on_displa.php

    Older article here, with some discussion on Hnefatafl and a link to BGG:

    http://scienceblogs.com/aardvarchaeology/2007/02/viking_period_amber_gaming_pie.php

    Mischa

  2. Yehuda Berlinger Says:

    Oy. This find was from 2005, and I only read about it now.

    Yehuda


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