THINKING WITH THINGS – PROFESSOR MARCUS DU SAUTOY
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?
"Here we see the first example of abstract thought at work"
Carved stone ball
Found in the UK
Late Neolithic Period (c. 3000-2500 cal.BC)
Lower Ground Floor | Gallery 06 | Reading and Writing