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A rectangular slab from a sea mammal bone with a large circular hole at the centre. This bone tool, possibly used for scraping blubber, was made from the large bone of a dolphin or whale.
During prehistory, people collected bone from stranded carcasses of whales, porpoises and dolphins. In the largely treeless north and west, whalebone was used as a substitute for wood; it was strong, dense and resilient, and came in very large sizes. On loan courtesy of National Museums Scotland.
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Date Made
3180 BC-2500 BC
Dimensions
290 x 177 x 26mm
Property Information
Accession No
X.HA.589

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