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Sandstone carving is Scotland’s ‘earliest face’

A sandstone carving of a human figure, believe to be Scotland’s earliest human face, has been found on the island of Westray.

It is believed to be the only Neolithic carving of a human form to have been discovered in Scotland – with only two others said to have been found elsewhere in the UK.

The carving is flat with a round head on top of a lozenge-shaped body. The face has heavy brows, two dots for eyes and an oblong for a nose. It is thought other scratches on top of the skull could be hair.

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