The British Museum holds in trust for the nation and the world a collection of art and antiquities from ancient and living cultures. This collection offers a rich source of inspiration for teachers. Our classroom and visit resources support object-based learning across the curriculum and are designed to meet the varied needs of students from EYFS through to Key Stage 5.
This carved stone ball was found in a house at Skara Brae in Orkney, the best-preserved Neolithic settlement in Britain. Skilfully made, with 67 ground pyramid-shaped knobs, it must have been a prized possession of a prominent person in the community. It was a symbol of power but it could also have been used as a dangerous weapon. Other carved stone objects of various shapes have been found at Skara Brae. These items are an excellent starting point for investigating Skara Brae.
Part of the Teaching History with 100 Objects collection from The British Museum.
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