Thursday, February 3, 2011

Madison Chess Pieces Unearthed

Archaeologists at James Madison's country estate say they've unearthed fragments of a chess set they think Madison likely used in matches against another former president, Thomas Jefferson. Full article.

Gracias, Jay.

9 comments:

Chudney Thomas said...

Do you think he gave any thought to whether or not others would find those pieces important long after he was gone?

Scott Parker said...

Read about this. Tres cool. And I think the FFs knew that most of their actions would be scrutinized. Not sure about their playthings. Probably, somewhere deep, they knew about it.

Leah J. Utas said...

So cool.

David Cranmer said...

Chudney, I see Scott's following comment and pretty much agree with that thought.

Scott, I was there during the reconstruction at Montpelier and if you haven't I bet you would enjoy visiting. Marvelous experience.

Leah, Or tres cool as hip youngsters like Scott D say.

Chris said...

That's why I'm holding on to all of my old 25mm lead figures that massed on the tabletop during my glory days of Dungeons and Dragons: for posterity's sake.

David Cranmer said...

Yeah, I wish I had held onto my 1970s Star Wars figures.

Ron Scheer said...

Thanks for "digging this up." There's a part of me that wants to time travel, and the idea of quietly observing a chess match between these two Virginians is downright appealing.

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David Cranmer said...

Ron, Stopping between 1770-1800 has always been on my list of time stops.