These pretty Neolithic stones from Scotland, Ireland, England and, generally, from the North of the British Isles were found two centuries ago.
Relatively round, engraved, they are called “Carved stone balls” and are dated from 3000 to 5000 years. Their function or usefulness remains, to date, unknown. It is possible to imagine: a game, a currency, or even a symbol of property, perhaps land, or even religious. Presumably, artificial intelligence will be able to guide us and teach us more in the years to come on this discovery.
These spheroid shapes have been scanned and are available in 3D on the National Museums Scotland page; photogrammetry, a discipline always appreciated for finesse of observation, thanks to the details that are revealed, and the ease of consultation online, by computer.
Made with gold, bronze, iron and enamel. White or pink gold has corroded, only the purest gold parts remain. | Dimensions: 23 centimetres (9.1 inches) , 16.5 centimetres (6.5 inches) long and 16 centimetres (6.2 inches) deep
Made of an iron hull, with bronze ornamental strips and a decoration in light relief, entirely covered with 99% pure gold leaf, as well as many corals circling the circumference of the helmet and the cap.
Dimensions: 21.4 centimetres (8.4 in) high, 23 by 19 centimetres (9.1 by 7.5 in) wide. Cheek-guard: 9.4 by 7.6 centimetres (3.7 by 3.0 in)