Carved stone object

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From Skara Brae, Orkney

Postcard of Carved stone object.
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Carved stone object

This carved stone object is one of several unusually carved stone objects found at the Neolithic settlement site of Skara Brae on Orkney. It was used between 3100 and 2500 BC.

The stone object has two raised mouldings encircling it and a sunken waist between them. The smaller end is pointed and the larger has a rounded section.

Several unusually-shaped carved stone objects were found at Skara Brae. Many functions for them have been suggested. All that is certain is that they were prestigious possessions, symbols of power.

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Online ID: 000-100-040-505-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.HA 665
Date: Between 3100 and 2500 BC
Material: Stone; pointed at both ends, the smaller end conical, the larger end with a rounded section; with two raised mouldings encircling it and a sunken waist between
Dimensions: 8.90" L; 2.60" D and 1.90" D at mouldings
What: Object
Where: Scotland, Orkney, Skaill, Skara Brae
Description: Stone object pointed at both ends, with two raised mouldings and sunken waist, from Skara Brae
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