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Pillow Stone, Ness of Brodgar, Orkney 3D Model
This stone tool was recovered from a late Neolithic (3200-2400 BC) building (Str. 8) on the Ness of Brodgar excavations, Stenness, Orkney, Scotland. The name ‘pillow stone’ derives from the artefacts form, as they are typically rectangular with domed faces. These artefacts are typically made from volcanic or metamorphic rock; the volcanic stone used for this example is particularly striking. This stone has been ground to shape and finely polished. The function of these stones is unclear, but they may have functioned as anvils.
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.
SF 21802. Excavations directed by Nick Card, ORCA. For more info see: http://www.orkneyjar.com/archaeology/nessofbrodgar/