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16 July 2016
5,000-year-old figurine from Skara Brae rediscovered

A 5,000-year-old figurine, discovered in the 1860's was recently rediscovered in the Stromness Museum collections by Dr. David Clark. The figurine was found among artefacts from Skaill House donated to the museum in the 1930's.
     The figurine is made of whalebone measuring 9.5 cm in height and 7.5 cm in width, adorned with a mouth, eyes, and a navel with no other decorations. It was originally discovered by William G. Watt while excavating a stone bed in house 3 of the Neolithic village. It was originally seen as an 'idol' or 'fetish' and described as such in the 1867
Skara Brae report written by George Petrie.
     The figurine represents the first Neolithic example of a representation of a human form, which are exceptionally rare in Britain. The figurine, nicknamed 'Skara Brae Buddo' is now being displayed for the first time in Stromness Museum alongside other artefacts from Skara Brae.

Edited from The Orcadian (15 June 2016), Live Science (21 June 2016)

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