Carved stone object

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From Skara Brae, Orkney

Postcard of Carved stone object.
© National Museums Scotland

Carved stone object

This carved stone object is one of several elaborate stone objects found at the site of the Neolithic village of Skara Brae on Orkney. The object dates from 3100 to 2500 BC.

The object was carefully shaped, pointed at one end and mushroom-shaped at the other.

Several unusually-shaped carved stone objects were found at Skara Brae. Many functions for them have been suggested. Whatever their function, they were clearly prestigious possessions, symbols of power.

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Online ID: 000-100-040-504-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.HA 664
Date: Between 3100 and 2500 BC
Material: Stone; oval transverse section; pointed one end; mushroom-shaped other end
Dimensions: 129.50 mm L; head 66 mm D
What: Stone
Where: Scotland, Orkney, Skaill, Skara Brae
Description: Carefully shaped stone, pointed one end, mushroom-shaped at other, from Skara Brae
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