Carved stone ball from Skara Brae

A bigger picture

Humans have always had to interact with their environment both by responding to the problems and opportunities it presents and by using it in order to cope with the problems or exploit the opportunities. Other objects found at Skara Brae attest to the ingenuity of its inhabitants when faced with the lack of an important material such as wood and only limited access to clay.

Hair or dress pin made of bone

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Beads made of bone, ivory and tusks

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Shovel made from a shoulder bone of an ox

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Bowl made from the vertebra of a whale

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Paint pot made from the vertebra of a dolphin or whale

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Two dice made out of bone

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Carved stone ball from Skara Brae