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Message started by Kris_Holla on Sep 20th, 2022 at 2:39pm

Title: Carved Neolithic Stone Spheres...
Post by Kris_Holla on Sep 20th, 2022 at 2:39pm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carved_stone_balls

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/19174920.mystery-scotlands-ancient-rock-art-stone-balls-set-unveiled/

Heres an interesting though experiment. Perhaps these balls were part of a game, slung maybe?

I've made some plastic replicas and Im going to see what they're like to sling, perhaps they make a noise, perhaps they fly straighter than a smooth ball. Maybe they were wrapped with a cord and flung like a Scottish hammer or from a Sling?

Early Bocce?

https://www.instagram.com/p/Cin1befPzBa/

https://www.instagram.com/p/CiqWXjHPqb-/

https://www.instagram.com/p/Ciq-R5hrGJp/

Whats your thoughts?


Title: Re: Carved Neolithic Stone Spheres...
Post by IronGoober on Sep 29th, 2022 at 2:18pm
Oh, wow. Those Scottish examples are gorgeous!  I doubt someone would use these to sling, because they would be so labor-intensive to make, just to loose it in a field or lake.  But It would be fun to chuck one, I'm sure they make a racket!

Title: Re: Carved Neolithic Stone Spheres...
Post by idigit on Oct 8th, 2022 at 8:14am
I am in an Experimental Archaeology program in Ireland and a classmate recreated one of these for a project. Unbelievably labor intensive, highly doubt someone would go through all that work just to sling them away, even for a game. They seem like an unbelievably perfect size and weight to sling however...

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