What could be the Function of the Geometric Stone Spheres found in Scotland, dated 5000 years ago?

The Strange Prehistoric Spheres

420 geometric stone spheres have been discovered near the Neolithic stone circles in the Nort of Scotland, whereas 169 originate from Aberdeenshire. Besides in Scotland, similar stones have been discovered in Ireland at Ballymena, and in England at Durham, Cumbria, Lowick and Bridlington. One was as discovered at a distance of more than 6,000 miles that originated from a significant megalithic pyramid site in South America.

Geometric stone sphere found in Cumbria, England

The majority of the Scottish circles are about 3 inches (7.6 cm) in diameter, with a few of them 3.6 inches (9 cm diameter) and originate from 3200 BC to 1500 BC. Some demonstrate exquisite skill, symmetry and artistry, but others look unpolished, poorly made, or incomplete. In any case, part of the well-kept ones are with diameter of one millimeter.  The majority were found near Neolithic remnants familiar as prostrate stone circles. The sort of stone ranges from effortlessly cut sandstone and serpentine, to hard stone and quartzite. Highlight of the circles is the sophisticated geometry that seems to demonstrate the five Platonic Solids, from before Plato even existed.

From left: Cube, Tetrahedron, Dodecahedron, Icosahedron, Octahedron

Hypotheses of Objective

They can be hold in one hand and they were labeled as hunting projectiles, fishing weights due to their size.  In the eighteen century, J. Alexander Smith noted they may have been connections to wooden handles to produce weapons. In her thorough research of the spheres, (in 1976-77 Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries in Scotland), Dorothy N. Marshall answered that when one acknowledges the craftsmanship and time that took to make these spheres, it doesn’t appear to be probable the owner would have gambled to lose or harm them in war or race. Since no proof of harm has been discovered on them, she may be correct. Then she relates the hypothesis that the spheres may have been utilized to compete in throwing games, however adds that in such case defiantly more spheres would have been made.

Stone sphere distribution

Some other hypotheses have appeared from then on. In 1914, Ludovic Mann said they were utilized as weights as an element of some sort of scales, because of precise size and geometry. One theory suggests that they were utilized to roll the big stones through great distances. According to another one the spheres were utilized as prophets by moving them on the ground and foreseeing the future from the way moved as well as their when they stop. Writer Laird Scranton saw artists moving around spheres like these ones in a little sand-bowl. He said that it resembles a creative pastime (cutting the spheres) made sand toys.

Stone balls used by artists(Photo credit: Laird Scranton)

New study has suggested that they are symbols of pollen, or even atoms. How the people at that time could have seen such microscopic particles was not established. They have been depicted as formal ‘talking spheres’, that were kept while talking in a gathering.

A Prehistoric Portfolio?

The scientist Jeff Nisbet gives the best clarification, according to whom they were utilized by megalithic designers as a representation of their craftsmanship of working stone. They have a specific design that spreads through entire Scotland (and northern England). The cut stone balls characterized someone’s range of craftsmanship. Similar to a CV or Resume nowadays, in any case, the absence of them found in graves may show that they were not thought be owned by people, so may have given to the new students.

The Scottish stone balls were named “bullets” for hundred years. Initially, they were believed to be Iron-Age Pictish objects, since lot of them were discovered in their region. Nevertheless, additional founds moved the date back to 2500 BC because of their closeness to stone circles. According to Jeff unusual circles may have been belonged to the megalith monument-architects toolbox. The subtle cutting of accuracy spirals looks like lot of discovered in megalithic sites, like Newgrange. The well-known Towie Stone is the most fulfilled circle, with lovely craftsmanship and sophisticated look.

Across the Ocean

Across the Atlantic Ocean, close to the fascinating megalithic pyramid site of Tiwanaku, a single and one of a kind stone circle was found, together with same spiral cuts like the ones in Neolithic Britain (and Malta, New Zealand and so forth). In the Tiwanaku historical center in La Paz is one of the Scottish stone circles that has six handles on it; the most widely recognized in Scotland (about 200 altogether) and the dimensions and style fit the ones across the ocean shockingly impeccably. How did this reach 6,000 miles over the Atlantic, down the Amazon forest, and into the uplands of Bolivia?

Stone sphere in the Tiwanaku Museum in La Paz

Source: www.ancient-origins.net


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