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The Iron Age

Ritual

Painted Quartzite Ball, Nutberry Moss, Dornock

Period:
Iron Age
Description:

This ball has been decorated with coloured concentric rings of grey, red and green enamel or glass. It is probably Iron Age, although it was believed that enamel decoration like this was more characteristic of the Roman period. Archaeologists do not know what it was for. Carving such hard rock would have taken a long time. Perhaps it was a hereditary object, passed on from one generation to another, or maybe it was carried as a status symbol, or perhaps it was part of a game for which we will never know the rules.

Dimensions:
Diameter: 22mm
Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
DUMFM:1998.27