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This late Neolithic (3200-2400 BC) carved stone ball was found at Hillhead, St Ola, Orkney in the late 19th Century.
The ball is manufactured from Camptonite, an igneous rock available from dykes across west Mainland. The form of this ball is unusual as it has six large knobs and one small knob. Five of the larger knobs are arranged in common regular arrangement for six knobbed balls, but the final knob has been repositioned to make space for the small knob. The grouping of some of the knobs is similar to the ball from Ness of Brodgar.
L: 67.5mm, B: 69.2mm, T: 70.4mm. Weight: 410g
The white label ‘884/6’ indicates this artefact was exhibited at the Scottish Exhibition, 1911.
GLAHM B.1914.353. © Hunterian Museum.
Permission to reproduce images courtesy of the Hunterian, University of Glasgow.