A carved rock found in Jordan may be the oldest known chess piece

The 1,300-year-old game piece resembles a rook, or castle

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A small, rectangular stone (right), previously excavated at the Jordanian site of Humayma (shown at left), may be the oldest known chess piece, a rook dating to around 1,300 years ago.

From left: Bashar Tabbah/Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0); J.P. Oleson

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