5,000-year-old Westray wife tours Scotland

By Culture24 Staff | 08 March 2010
a photograph of a man holding a stone carving on a beach

(above) Archaeologist Jakob Kainz with Scotland's earliest human face. © Historic Scotland

A Neolithic carving found in the Orkney Islands last year is to go on tour around Scotland.

The 5,000-year-old figurine, known as the Westray Wife, was discovered in the Links of Noltland on the Orkney island of Westray and is the only Neolithic carving of a human form found in Scotland.

Measuring just 41mm by 31mm and made of sandstone, the Venus figure will go on tour around Scotland before returning to Orkney for the summer.

a photograph of a stone carving

The stone figure has a series of intricate carvings. © Historic Scotland

"This was a find of tremendous international as well as national importance, so it is fantastic that people have the opportunity to see the Venus first hand," said Minister for Culture and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop.

"By taking it on tour across Scotland we want to ensure that as many people as possible get to see the Orkney Venus and find out more about the vast amount of activity that is going on to protect and enhance our rich archaeological heritage."

For opening times and further information visit www.stirlingcastle.gov.uk/orkneyvenus or to see a sneak preview of the Venus check out www.youtube.com/historicscotlandtv.

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