This carved stone ball was found in a house at Skara Brae in Orkney, the best-preserved Neolithic settlement in Britain. Skilfully made, with 67 ground pyramid-shaped knobs, it must have been a prized possession of a prominent person in the community. It was a symbol of power but it could also have been used as a dangerous weapon. Other carved stone objects of various shapes have been found at Skara Brae. These items are an excellent starting point for investigating Skara Brae.
Skara Brae, Mainland, Orkney Islands, Scotland
3200 – 2500 BC
diameter: 7.7 cm
National Museum of Scotland
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