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Face to face with the 5,000-year-old ‘first Scot’

August 22, 2009

AT FIRST glance, it appears little more than a tiny fragment of sandstone with a few crude scratches on the surface.
Yet this precious object is one of the most exciting archaeological discoveries made in Scotland – the earliest representation of a human face and body ever found north of the Border.

The face and its lozenge-shaped body – measuring just 3.5cm by 3cm – were carved on the Orkney island of Westray between 4,500 and 5,000 years ago.

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