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This late Neolithic (c.2900-2400 BC) carved stone ball was found on the floor of House 8 at Skara Brae, Sandwick, Orkney. It was discovered in 1928 when Skara Brae was being excavated and conserved by Prof. Vere Gordon Childe and HM Ministry of Works.
This carved stone ball is manufactured from a light pinkish red sandstone, but its colour is masked by soil and dirt. On one side this stone has been pecked and ground to forming a series of regular rouned knobs. The other side is much less regular and the knobs have only been partially shaped by pecking. There are 19 knobs in total.
This model was produced for a Leverhulme Trust funded project ‘Working stone, making communities: technology and identity on prehistoric Orkney’. This model will feature on a web resource about Orcadian stone tools, which is currently under development.
L:67.5mm, B:58.9mm, T:52.6mm. Weight: 245.5g.
The Orkney Museum, Orkney Islands Council. OM 1983.139. © Hugo Anderson-Whymark.