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From Lumphanan, Aberdeenshire

Postcard of Carved stone ball.
© National Museums Scotland

Carved stone ball

This carved stone ball was found at Lumphanan in Aberdeenshire. It was a symbol of power, used between 3200 and 2500 BC.

The ball has four circular knobs, three of them decorated.

Carved stone balls are a distinctly Scottish find, with over 425 known, most from Aberdeenshire. They are similar in size. Many functions have been suggested. Whatever their function, they were prestigious possessions, symbols of power.

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Online ID: 000-100-033-239-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.AS 165 A
Date: Between 3200 and 2500 BC
Material: Stone; four discs, one plain
Dimensions: 2.69" D
What: Ball
Where: Scotland, Aberdeenshire, Lumphanan
Description: Carved stone ball from Lumphanan, Aberdeenshire
  • Marshall, D.N. Carved stone balls. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 108 (1976-7), pp 40-79. 
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