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2000 excavation - the "selkie" spoon

The Minehowe Seal Spoon: Picture by Sigurd Towrie

Seal Key

After the main excavations at Minehowe were completed, funding was acquired to continue excavating the area around the ditch. For three weeks the archaeologists worked extending the original ditch trench, uncovering a wealth of artefacts as they worked.

Perhaps the most impressive find of the extended excavation was a small "spoon" shaped bone with what was described as being one of the earliest finds of representative art in Orkney.

Etched into the surface of the delicate little spoon was the distinct outline of a seal.

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