The Lewis Chessmen: Unmasked

The Lewis Chessmen: Unmasked

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By (author) David Caldwell, By (author) Mark A. Hall, By (author) Caroline M. Wilkinson


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  • Publisher: NMSE - Publishing Ltd
  • Format: Board book | 80 pages
  • Dimensions: 170mm x 242mm x 12mm | 399g
  • Publication date: 3 May 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Edinburgh
  • ISBN 10: 1905267460
  • ISBN 13: 9781905267460
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: 30
  • Sales rank: 163,981

Product description

The humorous and intricately designed Lewis Chessmen were discovered in 1831, one of the most significant archaeological discoveries ever made in Scotland. To preserve the hoard as intactly as possible in a public collection, the majority of the pieces were acquired by the British Museum where they are on permanent display. National Museums Scotland holds 11 pieces, again on permanent display. An exhibition of 30 pieces will tour Scotland from May 2010 to June 2011. This is the book produced to accompany the exhibition; it also stands alone. It looks at the mystery and intrigue surrounding the chessmen and their discovery, and shows how the characters reflected society at the time they were made.

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Author information

Dr David H. Caldwell is Keeper of Scotland and Europe for National Museums Scotland, responsible for the eleven chessmen in Edinburgh. Mark A. Hall is History Officer at Perth Museum & Art Gallery, where he curates the archaeology collection. Dr Caroline M. Wilkinson is Senior Lecturer in Forensic anthropology at the Centre for anatomy & Human Identification, University of Dundee.

Table of contents

The Hoard's Discovery the Contents of the Hoard Why Twelfth-century Scandinavian? How Lewis? Lewis and the Kingdom of the Isles The Lewis Chessmen in Lewis Analysing the Chessmen From Trondheim Playing Games The Legacy References and Research