A cache of toys from the 16th and/or 17th century were recently discovered in a boarded-up stairwell at a parish church in England. Archivists at the Harborough Museum dated the collection to the late Tudor and early Stuart era (1570-1630). The hoard was comprised of “street toys,” including balls, spinning tops, whistles, and knucklebones (early game pieces).
This discovery provides a fascinating glimpse at childhood over 500 years ago, especially as it compares to our modern playthings. Learn more about these toys (and see the wonderful photos) at
Irish Archaeology blog.