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?
Thinking With Things is an Ashmolean Museum and University of Oxford video podcast series. In each short episode a University of Oxford academic unpicks the story behind a single object from the Ashmolean’s collections that relates to their research. http://www.ashmolean.org/podcasts
East to west, ancient to modern: a visit to the Ashmolean offers exciting opportunities for both cross-curricular and subject specific teaching and learning.
Our new purpose built Education Centre with its designated entrance for schools, education studio and lunch room has proved enormously successful for school visits. We also offer the opportunity to work with creative, supportive and knowledgeable Ashmolean education staff.