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From Fyvie, Aberdeenshire

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Carved stone ball

This carved stone ball was found at Fyvie in Aberdeenshire. 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 stone ball has 53 small projecting knobs.

Carved stone balls are distinctly Scottish objects, with over 425 known. Most have been found in Aberdeenshire. They are similar in size. Many, as this example, have stone knobs, with six the most common number.

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Online ID: 000-100-033-221-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.AS 80
Date: Between 3200 and 2500 BC
Material: Greenstone; with fifty three small projecting knobs
Dimensions: 3.00" D
What: Ball
Who: Sturrock Collection
Where: Scotland, Aberdeenshire, Fyvie
Description: Carved stone ball from Fyvie, Aberdeenshire
  • Calder, Jenni. The wealth of a nation. Edinburgh: National Museums of Scotland and Glasgow: Richard Drew Publishing, 1989, pp 58-9. 
  • Clarke, D.V., Cowie, T.G., & Foxon, Andrew (eds). Symbols of power at the time of Stonehenge. Edinburgh: National Museums of Antiquities of Scotland, 1985, pp 59-60, 254. 
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