Gaming Board

Gaming pieces or counters, made of durable materials usually bone, are commonly found in excavations but gaming boards are not, making this a rare find. The board, of oak wood, is undecorated with a perforated wedge handle and a raised edge around a surface of probably seven holes by seven holes. It is similar to the Ballinderry, Co. Offaly gaming board although plainer and was probably used for the same game - hnefatafl - a common pastime in Viking times. Several of the gaming pieces found in Waterford could have been pegged into this board.

date/period: 1150 A.D./Viking

inventory no.: 1999.232

collection: Waterford City Council

location: Waterford Museum of Treasures exhibition

dimensions: Overall 165 length x 130 width mm

provenance: Found in excavations of Waterford city centre 1986-1992

material :Oak wood

Further Reading:

Late Viking Age & Medieval Waterford Excavations 1986-1992. ISBN 1 872002 98 6

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