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Carved stone ball

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from Buchromb, Banffshire

Postcard of Carved stone ball.
000-180-001-347-C
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Carved stone ball

This carved stone ball was found at Buchromb in Banffshire. 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 of granitic stone has been carved with three large circular knobs, one of which is damaged, and two raised triangular spaces. Carved stone balls were carved with between three to 160 knobs, but six is the most common number.

Carved stone balls are distinctly Scottish objects, with over 425 known, all but a handful found in Scotland. The majority have been found between the Moray Firth and the River Tay, especially in Aberdeenshire.


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Online ID: 000-180-001-347-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.AS 91
Date: Between 3200 and 2500 BC
Material: Granitic
Dimensions: 2.75" Dia
What: Ball
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Where: Scotland, Banffshire, Buchromb
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Description: Ball of granitic stone from Buchromb, Banffshire
References:
  • Calder, Jenni. The wealth of a nation. Edinburgh: National Museums of Scotland and Glasgow: Richard Drew Publishing, 1989, 18-9. 
  • Marshall, D.N. Carved stone balls. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 108 (1976-7), pp 40-72. 
  • Ritchie, Graham and Ritchie, Anna. Scotland. Archaeology and early history. London: Thames and Hudson, 1981, p 46.
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