Carved Stone Ball

Contributed by The Hunterian

The Carved Stone Balls are distinctly Scottish objects with the majority found in Aberdeenshire. However several have been discovered in Orkney and a few have been found on Skye, Iona, Lewis, Harris and Uist. In addition, some have been uncovered in Ireland and England. The balls are attractive objects and small enough to have been easily carried away.

The Hunterian Museum at the University of Glasgow has around 27 carved stone balls in its collection which provides a cross section of all the types.

This carved stone ball was found in Orkney and comes from the A.H. Bishop collection, one of the most important collections of Scottish pre-historical artefacts, now in the Hunterian Museum. The decoration consists of 30 cube like knobs.

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