Worked bone roughouts

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From Foshigarry, North Uist, Outer Hebrides and Westray, Rousay, Orkney

Postcard of Worked bone roughouts.
© National Museums Scotland

Worked bone roughouts

These worked bone roughouts were found at Foshigarry on North Uist in the Outer Hebrides and at Westray on Rousay in Orkney. The one at the top is for an unknown object, while the bottom one was a roughout for making bone beads.

Both objects were made from animal bones. The one at the top has been partially cut across in two places. The one at the bottom has six cut marks at fairly regular intervals.

For much of Scotland's history, people have made extensive use of bone and antler for many objects used in daily life. The raw materials are easy to come by, and fairly easy to work, producing light, strong, flexible and resilient objects.

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Online ID: 000-100-038-733-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.GNA 417
Date: Object at top: between 4000 and 2500 BC; object at bottom: between 0 and 400 AD
Material: Bone, leg, animal; partially cut through at intervals of half an inch
Bone; showing cut marks
What: Bone / fragment
Bone / implement
Who: Beveridge Collection
Where: Scotland, Inverness-shire, North Uist, Foshigarry
Scotland, Orkney, Westray
Description: Worked long bone from Westray, Orkney
Segmented bone from Foshigarry, North Uist
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