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Prehistoric Artifacts Out Of Nowhere -
Their Origin And Purpose Are Totally Unknown

23 June, 2012

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These strange artifacts are symmetrical in design and very skillfully manufactured. In form they appear to be quite modern, but they are not.

These prehistoric artifacts of unknown origin were found mainly in Scotland and a few of them in England and Ireland.

Archaeologists say these carved stone balls date to approximately 4000 BC, and are made of various stones ranging from sandstone to granite.

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Credits: Ashmolean Museum

They are all of a relative similar size and are decorated with carved evenly-spaced patterns of circular bosses or knobs around the surface of the sphere. The designs vary with the majority being based around a series of six bosses, but the number of bosses varies from 3-160.

Five carved stone balls from Scotland (AN1927.2727-2731). Credits: Ashmolean Museum

Particularly interesting are those unearthed at the Neolithic site at Skara Brae, one of the Orkney's most famous ancient sites dated from the late Neolithic - inhabited for around 600 years, between 3200BC and 2200BC.

More than 425 of these artifacts are now known and five of them are stored at the Ashmolean Museum.

Three-hundred and seventy-five of these balls are much the same size, with a diameter o fabout 70mm, but there are also 12 large balls of 90-114mm diameter.

They are different one from the other. Some are carved with four or six knobs plain and decorated, seven knobs, eight or even 33 knobs; their decorations are also varied.

Many are carved with complex spiral patterns or cross-hatching on the faces.

However, despite their numbers, very little is known about carved stone balls and their purpose is still unknown.

Very few of the balls are damaged. The do not have any signs of use and they have not been found in contexts that would suggest a specific function.

This carved stone ball is one of several fancy carved stone objects found at Skara Brae on Orkney. It was a prestige object, and dates from between 3400 and 2000 BC. The stone ball is covered with 50 pyramid-shaped knobs. 000-100-040-497-C. Credits: National Museums Scotland

Credits: Aberdeen University Museum

Credits: Aberdeen University Museum

Credits: Aberdeen University Museum

Credits: Aberdeen University Museum

Did they have a symbolic meaning? Did they symbolize prestige and power?

Could the artifacts be linked to a much earlier - but unknown and undocumented period of time in the history of life on Earth?

One thing is for sure - those who manufactured these artifacts must obviously have possessed rather advanced technology.

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