AIA Presents Dr. Irving Finkel, Lewis Chessmen, Ancient Games | Houston Museum of Natural Science

This is a Lewis Chess Set

Lewis Chessmen

A set of gorgeous chessmen beautifully carved out of walrus ivory that dates to the medieval period and were discovered in 1831 on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland.   A collection of 93 gaming pieces, including 78 chessmen, 14 tables-men and a buckle to secure a bag.  Eleven of the chessmen are at the National Museum of Scotland and the remaining 82 reside at the British Museum in London.

A set of these chessmen was used in the first Harry Potter movie.


Do you want to play chess with a set exactly like Harry and Ron used?    We’re looking for a few good players!

Houston Society – Archaeological Institute of America is pleased to bring you Secrets of Ancient Games with Dr. Irving Finkel.

Generously sponsored by a grant from Humanities Texas

Come to the Houston Museum of Natural Science at 9:00 am on Saturday, Nov 5 to hear Dr. Irving Finkel, an ancient games specialist and Asst Keeper Ancient Mesopotamian Script, Languages and Culture with the British Museum (and a consultant to the Harry Potter movie) discuss Secrets of Ancient Games and then play Lewis chess!    Admission is $5.00.    Get your tickets now!   Call 713.639.4629.