Macehead of polished granite

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From Ormiegill, Ulbster, Caithness

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Macehead of polished granite

A mace was a ceremonial weapon. This stone macehead, of polished granite, was found in a cairn at Ormiegill at Ulbster in Caithness. It was a prestige item, used to display status, sometime between 3100 and 1800 BC.

Mace head of polished grey granite, ovoid C type, from the horned cairn at Ormiegill, Ulbster, Caithness

Stone maceheads were used as prestige items - symbols of power and, possibly, of rank - for several centuries. They were often made from attractive rocks, and rarely show signs of use.

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Online ID: 000-100-035-176-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.EO 131
Date: Between 3100 and 1800 BC
Material: Granite, grey; perforated; polished
Dimensions: 4.00" x 2.50"
What: Mace head
Where: Scotland, Caithness, Ulbster, Ormiegill
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