1892.60.12

Stone ball. [SM (Verve) 11/7/2016]

Place details: EUROPE. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland / Scotland Aberdeenshire Garioch Kemnay . Local Name: Unknown. Materials: Stone / ?. Processes: Carved / Ground / ?. Weight: 641 g Dimensions: Max Diam = 76 mm Field Collector: ?John Rae When Collected: By 1892 Other Owners: ?John Rae Purchased at sale of ?John Rae’s collections Dowell’s Edinburgh PRM Source: Dowell's Auction Rooms Acquired: Purchased November 1892. Other Numbers: 151

KEYWORD: Tool? / Weapon? / CLASS: Tool? / Religion? / Ritual and Ceremonial? / Weapon? / ?.

Publications history, trails & websites: Illustrated in colour as Figure 11.3 on page 244 of 'Later Prehistoric and Roman Europe' by Joshua Pollard and Dan Hicks, in World Archaeology at the Pitt Rivers Museum: A Characterization, edited by Dan Hicks and Alice Stevenson (Oxford: Archaeopress, 2013), pp. 240-261. Caption (same page): 'Figure 11.3 Late Neolithic/Early Bronze Age carved stone ball from Kemnay, Aberdeenshire, Scotland (PRM accession number 1892.60.12). Purchased by the Pitt Rivers Museum at the sale of John Rae's collection at Dowell's Auction Rooms, Edinburgh in 1892'. [MJD 04/06/2014]

Research notes: Over 400 carved stone balls are known in the literature, all remarkably uniform in size (Marshall 1976/77, 1983) and have been dated to the late Neolithic/Bronze Age. Their distribution is concentrated in north-east Scotland, in Aberdeenshire, but their function is unknown. MARSHALL, D.N. 1976/77. Carved Stone Balls. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 108 [AS 13/12/2010]