Decorated slab

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From Skara Brae, Orkney

Postcard of Decorated slab.
© National Museums Scotland

Decorated slab

This flagstone slab is one of several decorated slabs found at the Neolithic settlement site of Skara Brae on Orkney. It dates from between 3100 and 2500 BC.

The slab has been decorated with a lozenge pattern on one face and irregular marks on one edge. It is broken at both ends.

Symbols played a part in early beliefs. Designs on stones from tombs, monuments and houses must have had special significance. Such designs are also found on pottery and other items, which were perhaps used in rituals.

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Online ID: 000-100-040-511-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.HA 699
Date: Between 3100 and 2500 BC
Material: Flagstone; rectangular; longitudinal lozenge pattern on one face and irregular marks on one edge; broken at both ends
Dimensions: 6.30" L x 1.70" breadth x 0.80" thickness
What: Slab
Where: Scotland, Orkney, Skaill, Skara Brae
Description: Rectangular slab of flagstone with a longitudinal pattern on one face, from Skara Brae, Orkney
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