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Missile

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from Glass, Aberdeenshire

Postcard of Missile.
000-180-001-707-C
© National Museums Scotland

Missile

This plain stone ball was found at Glass in Aberdeenshire. It was used as a missile probably in the 15th or 16th century.

Plain ball of greenstone from Glass, Aberdeenshire

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: 000-180-001-707-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.AS 136
Date: Probably 15th or 16th century
Material: Greenstone
Dimensions: 2.38" Dia
What: Ball, plain
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Where: Scotland, Aberdeenshire, Glass
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