New article ponders the mystery of carved stone balls
Over 200 carved stone balls have been found in Scotland, the size of oranges and each distinctively decorated. They were made in the Neolithic, and no one knows why.
After a new study of these puzzling objects, Hugo Anderson-Whymark asks how they might have been used.
The vast majority have been found, by chance, as dislocated finds across Britain, but with an apparent concentration in north-east Scotland.
The Ness ball was found under the north-east buttress of Structure Ten, one of a series of special deposits, under the building’s buttresses, that suggest they were perhaps foundation deposits for the entire building.