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Small sandstone block with a circular hollow found at the site of the Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae in Orkney. It has traces of ochre, a reddish-brown earth used for early paints or dyes. It had been used to grind ochre into a powder. This is one of several grinding vessels that were found at Skara Brae; others include an oyster shell. The pigment (ochre) could have been used to adorn people and/or artefacts. On loan courtesy of National Museums Scotland.
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3180 BC-2500 BC
95 x 80 x 47mm
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