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Head of a wooden carving of a female figure

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found at Ballachulish, Inverness-shire

Head of a wooden carving of a female figure
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This wooden carving of a female figure, probably a goddess, was found buried in a peat bog at Ballachulish in Inverness-shire. The figure was carved between 730 and 520 BC. This detail shows the side view of the head.

Quartzite pebbles were inset into the wood to represent the eyes of the figure.

The figure was buried near the short but dangerous crossing of Loch Leven at Ballachulish, a place which has been a focus for people since ancient times. The figure's deliberate burial may have been an important final act of ritual.

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