The Ashmolean is the University of Oxford’s museum of art and archaeology, founded in 1683. Our world famous collections range from Egyptian mummies to contemporary art, telling human stories across cultures and across time.
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We still do not know why these stone balls were created. They date to the late Neolithic or early Bronze Age, between 3200 and 1500 BC. They are made of various types of rock, such as sandstone or granite. Could they have been made by ancient mathematicians? Featured in our new FREE exhibition Dimensions: The Mathematics of Symmetry and Space, now open until 9 June.
Watch our Thinking with Things podcast with Professor Marcus Du Sautoy to learn more about these intriguing objects.