Friday, 25 January 2013

Burns Night....

Quite a tenuous link here but what the heck - Stoneballs Company has very firm Scottish links!

Today is Burns Night which is celebrated in Scotland on or around January 25. It commemorates the life of the bard Robert Burns, who was born on January 25, 1759. and contributed a great deal to Scottish culture - Auld Lang Syne being but one ditty.

So, in honour of Robert Burns we turn our attention to Scotland today and the link here is the carved Neolithic stone balls found in parts of Scotland.

These are a uniquely Scottish find with over 400 found especially in Aberdeenshire, .
Many of the carved stone balls found have 6 carved 'knobs' / bosses or have intricate designs but some are plain and all are similar in size.

The uses of the stone balls found is unknown but many theories abound. Were they weapons, a throwing game, weighing stones or luck charms? 

For further information click the link.....