East Dunbartonshire’s Oldest Artifact Unveiled

Kirkintilloch.  Auld Kirk Museum curator Peter McCormack with East Dunbartonshire's oldest artifact.  9.2.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes
Kirkintilloch. Auld Kirk Museum curator Peter McCormack with East Dunbartonshire's oldest artifact. 9.2.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

A MYSTERIOUS stone object thought to date back more than 4,000 years is to become the latest exhibit in Kirkintilloch’s Auld Kirk Museum.

The neolithic carved stone ball was uncovered in a Lenzie back garden in the 1970s and only recently came to the attention of museum chiefs - who purchased the find with funding from the National Fund for Acquisitions.

It predates the museum’s current oldest artifacts - from the Bronze Age - by around 2,000 years.

Museum curator Peter McCormack said: “This item represents 4,000 years of Scottish history and is older than the pyramids.

“Part of the fun is that it is such a mystery - we have no idea how it came to Lenzie and no authority has ever been able to definitely say what it was used for.”

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