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Ancient Engraved Chessboards Found On Great Wall
People's Daily - Xinhua ^ | 6-5-2006

Posted on 06/05/2006 4:00:02 PM PDT by blam

Ancient engraved chessboards found on Great Wall

Archaeologists have found two ancient engraved chessboards probably used by soldiers on the Great Wall more than 700 years ago at Qinhuangdao, North China's Hebei Province.

The two boards, one for Chinese chess and the other for the ancient game "Tiger Eats Sheep", were engraved on a stone in front of a Great Wall beacon tower possibly in the Song Dynasty (960-1279), said officials with the provincial department of cultural relics.

Archaeologists believe that soldiers from all parts of ancient China used to play chess to while away the time on the remote wall.

The chessboards were never mentioned in documents on the Great Wall or in local chronicles, said an official.

However, more work was needed to identify the exact date of the boards, he added.

Archaeologists have also found 17 Chinese characters in five lines engraved on a stone nearby, of which the names of two soldiers are still clear.

China's first emperor, Qinshihuang, founder of Qin Dynasty, had the Wall built as a defense by over one million workers in 12 years against attack by the Xiongnu, an ancient nationality in North China.

Rebuilt many times through the centuries, the wall stretches 6,000 kilometers from Jiayuguan Pass in northwestern Gansu Province to end at Shanhaiguan Pass on the shores of Bohai Bay in the east.

Source: Xinhua


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ancient; chessboards; engraved; found; godsgravesglyphs; great; romanempire; wall
Some believe that Europeans can trace their roots to the Gansu Province of China.
1 posted on 06/05/2006 4:00:03 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam

cool


2 posted on 06/05/2006 4:01:49 PM PDT by kinoxi
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To: blam
Ancient Europeans Remains Found In Qinghai (China)
3 posted on 06/05/2006 4:07:33 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam
As the Chinese guards sat playing chess. Mongol hordes guest workers were allowed to swarm into China to do the jobs ordinary Chinese were not willing to do.
4 posted on 06/05/2006 4:10:33 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: blam
Is it safe to assume that the boards were engraved on a horizontal rather than on a vertical surface?
Pictures might have been nice, it being a "wall" and all...
5 posted on 06/05/2006 4:13:49 PM PDT by Publius6961 (Multiculturalism is the white flag of a dying country)
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To: DannyTN

Hmmm.... it would be difficult to play Chinese Checkers on a vertical stone.


6 posted on 06/05/2006 4:15:29 PM PDT by elcid1970
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To: blam
Archaeologists have also found 17 Chinese characters in five lines engraved on a stone nearby, of which the names of two soldiers are still clear.

The scoreboard?

-PJ

7 posted on 06/05/2006 4:18:02 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (It's still not safe to vote Democrat.)
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To: Political Junkie Too
"the names of two soldiers are still clear"

He means pawns doesn't he?

yitbos

8 posted on 06/05/2006 4:28:39 PM PDT by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds." -- Ayn Rand)
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To: SunkenCiv

GGG Ping.


9 posted on 06/05/2006 4:31:39 PM PDT by blam
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To: Publius6961

"in front of a great wall beacon"


10 posted on 06/05/2006 4:39:08 PM PDT by kinoxi
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To: DannyTN

SO true.


11 posted on 06/05/2006 5:07:26 PM PDT by BenLurkin ("The entire remedy is with the people." - W. H. Harrison)
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To: elcid1970
"it would be difficult to play Chinese Checkers on a vertical stone"

I thought the same thing, but somewhere in the article it says it was engraved on stone in front of the wall.

12 posted on 06/05/2006 5:10:33 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: blam

Chess was invented in India and was given to Persia as a military challenge. This was long before the Arab/moslem conquest of Persia. There was regular and continuing communication between China, India, and Persia in those days, and a couple of wars but they generally refrained from war.


13 posted on 06/05/2006 5:12:23 PM PDT by RightWhale (Off touch and out of base)
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To: blam

[singing] "watch the moon Pass over Shanhaiguan, and watch the sun go down on Bohai Bay..."

Have traveled, will ping.


14 posted on 06/05/2006 7:23:41 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv
"Have traveled, will ping."

Have Gun, Will Travel.
Paladin

I just saw an interesting program on TV. The largest copper mine in the world is in Wales and it was already being mined when Stonehenge was being built. (I didn't know that!)

15 posted on 06/05/2006 7:33:22 PM PDT by blam
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To: DannyTN

"it would be difficult to play Chinese Checkers on a vertical stone"
I thought the same thing, but somewhere in the article it says it was engraved on stone in front of the wall.

The Great Wall is flat on the top and has the equivalent of a road up there. It is very wide, and lots of tourists walk along the upper part of the wall. So it would be easy to have chess boards (or hopscotch), or anything else up on top of the Great Wall.


16 posted on 06/05/2006 8:03:29 PM PDT by flaglady47
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To: blam

Copper mining is very old. Of course, as elements go, it'll never take me alive.


17 posted on 06/05/2006 9:01:32 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: blam; FairOpinion; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; 24Karet; 3AngelaD; ...
Thanks Blam.

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18 posted on 06/05/2006 10:00:57 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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China liked to build big.
Illustration to Chapter 2 of Through the Looking-Glass by John Tenniel

19 posted on 06/05/2006 10:08:42 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: jwfiv
Sweet! Now it looks like I can kick your a55 at chess all over Qinhuangdao too.

; )

20 posted on 06/05/2006 10:24:58 PM PDT by Serb5150 (Christ is risen! Indeed He is risen!)
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To: blam

Neat !


21 posted on 06/06/2006 5:23:46 AM PDT by Dustbunny (Amazing Grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me)
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To: elcid1970

Hmm. Pieces carved from lodestone? :-)


22 posted on 06/06/2006 7:40:01 AM PDT by Hegemony Cricket (Rugged individualists of the world, unite!)
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To: Serb5150

Keep dreamin' ...


23 posted on 06/06/2006 5:29:17 PM PDT by jwfiv
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