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The Lewis Chessmen

In April 1831, a curious collection of carved figures was exhibited to members of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.   They had been found earlier that year, on a beach near Uig on the Isle of Lewis.  1,243 more words

Scotland

isle'ove lewis

The Isle of Lewis was unique in this trip in that it was the only island on my itinerary that I had already visited, partly due to it being the island where my Dad was born. 1,999 more words

Scotland

Chess, and Some Very Special Pieces

So, you know that Checkmate just came out, right? Of course you do, and you’ve already downloaded your ebook copy. And because you have, you know that it prominently features a chess game. 444 more words

Writing

Advent: December 19th

Behind on my days again! Not doing very well this year!

This is the back view of one of the Lewis Chessmen.

These are mediaeval chess pieces exquisitely carved from walrus ivory that were discovered on the Isle of Lewis in the Western Isles of Scotland in 1831. 60 more words

Medieval Power at the Queensland Museum

The Queensland Museum has just opened a new exhibition on Medieval Power. It runs until 10 April 2016. As the museum trumpets in its promo, it will be ‘the first museum in the world and the only one in Australia and New Zealand to host this incredible new exhibition curated by the British Museum.’ 799 more words

European History