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This Neolithic carved stone ball was found at Big Howe, Stenness, Orkney, in the late 19th century. It is manufactured from a dense igneous rock, probably locally available camptonite, and has been carefully ground and polished polished to shape. Thirty pyramidal knobs (one divided in two) decorate the surface of this artefact. Many of these knobs exhibit impact damage and one has been re-ground in antiquity.
This artefact formed part of James Walls Cursiter’s (1851-1939) extensive collection of prehistoric artefacts from Orkney and Shetland. This collection was donated to the Hunterian Museum c.1914.
L:67mm, B:68mm, T:66.3mm. W: 294.4g.
GLAHM B.1914.355. © Hunterian Museum