Ness of Brodgar Neolithic figurine

A small stone figurine, now named the “Brodgar Boy” has been unearthed at the Ness of Brodgar excavations in Stennes, Orkney.

The Brodgar boy neolithic findThe Brodgar Boy was found, last week, in one of the later structures on the multi-phase Neolithic complex in the heart of Neolithic Orkney.

This latest find bring the figurine find in Orkney to three;

First there was the Orkney Venus or the Westray Wife, which was found in Westray in the summer of 2009 and was hailed as Scotland’s earliest representation of a human.

A year later, a second figurine turned up during the 2010 season of excavations at the Links of Noltland.

The Brodgar figure was discovered in the rubble of Structure Fourteen, in the northern corner of the main trench of one of the later structures on the multi-phase Neolithic complex.

The figurine is only 30mm high and seems to have a head, body and two eyes. Although nowhere near as finely produced as the Westray Wife, the Brodgar find does seem to be a representation of the human form – although admittedly fairly crude.
(image courtesy of Sigurd Towrie - Orkneyjar)

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