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Carved stone ball

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From Buchan, Aberdeenshire

Postcard of Carved stone ball.
000-100-033-236-C
© National Museums Scotland

Carved stone ball

This carved stone ball was found at Buchan in Aberdeenshire. It dates from between 3200 and 2500 BC. Many functions have been suggested for these objects. Whatever their function, they were prestigious possessions, symbols of power.

The ball is decorated with spiral ornament.

Carved stone balls are distinctly Scottish objects, with over 425 known. Most have been found in Aberdeenshire. They are similar in size and a few are decorated with spirals and curved motifs, as is this example.


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Online ID: 000-100-033-236-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.AS 143
Date: Between 3200 and 2500 BC
Material: Granite, red; with spiral ornament
Dimensions: 2.81" D
What: Ball
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Where: Scotland, Aberdeenshire, Buchan
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Description: Carved stone ball with spiral ornament, from Buchan, Aberdeenshire
References:
  • Calder, Jenni. The wealth of a nation. Edinburgh: National Museums of Scotland and Glasgow: Richard Drew Publishing, 1989, pp 58-9. 
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