Probable missile

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from Tannadice, Angus

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Probable missile

This plain ball, carved from a granitic stone, was found at Tannadice in Angus. It was probably used as a missile, sometime in the 15th or 16th century.

Ball of granitic stone from Tannadice, Angus

Carved stone balls without any decoration are difficult to date or to be certain of their function. Those which are very regular spheres around 60 mm in diameter, sometimes with fine pecking marks all over or with evidence of heating, are most likely to have been missiles. They were used in anti-personnel artillery guns called 'cut-throats' or 'bersis' mainly in the 15th and 16th century AD.

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Online ID: 000-180-001-698-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.AS 70
Date: Probably 15th or 16th century
Material: granitic
Dimensions: 2.50" Dia
What: Ball
Where: Scotland, Angus, Tannadice
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