This stone ball was recovered from a late Neolithic (3200-2400 BC) building (Str. 8) on the Ness of Brodgar excavations, Stenness, Orkney, Scotland. This near spherical sandstone ball exhibits smooth, well handled, surface but does not appear to have been polished. This stone is c80mm in diameter.
Although not formally shaped, this artefact comparable in size and form to decorated Neolithic carved stone balls.
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 8305. Excavations directed by Nick Card, ORCA. For more info see: http://www.orkneyjar.com/archaeology/nessofbrodgar/