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The Master Tools of Skara Brae

In February of 2021, the strange, yet very advanced, neolithic ruins of Skara Brae in Scotland’s Orkney Islands, drew special attention from Greg Taylor, webmaster of the popular web site. Over 5,000 years ago, the island was home to a thriving community equipped with central heating, toilets, drains and sewers; furniture including dressers, beds and couches; and sunken water tanks. If it were not so hard to travel there, the place would, doubtless, be one of the world’s most visited ancient sites. Its sudden burial, possibly by an Atlantic storm, left the village relatively intact, until 1850 when another storm dramatically unveiled it to modern eyes.

As Taylor explained, among the many astounding artifacts found on the spot, the most mysterious were probably a collection of perfectly carved, but oddly shaped, stone balls capable of being held in a man’s hand. Previously the speculation has been that the balls must have been, if not weapons, ceremonial in intent. No one knows for sure, but as Taylor points out, researcher, and frequent Atlantis Rising Magazine contributor, Jeff Nisbet has now posted another theory to the independent research web site In The Skara Brae Artifacts: Who made them, and why? Nisbet argues that the balls were actually tools intended to assist with bone carving and similar tasks ( You can read his original article, first published in Atlantis Rising Magazine, September/October, 2014, in the Atlantis Rising Research Group archives.

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