The figurine has been dubbed "Buddo," from the Orkney word for "friend." It is one of only eight Neolithic human figurines ever found in Britain: four figurines have been found in the Orkneys, and the others were discovered in southern England.
Set in stone
The Skara Brae Buddo was found on the floor of a bed compartment in "House 3" at the site, along with several other small objects. Archaeologist David Clarke, who rediscovered the Buddo figurine this year, thinks it may have been left behind on purpose, as part of a ritual when the inhabitants abandoned the village.
Skara Brae is especially famous for the preservation of its stone buildings and the abundance of Neolithic artifacts that have been found there. Archaeologists think the site was occupied from around 3180 B.C. until around 2500 B.C., when a cold change in climate may have caused the inhabitants to abandon the village. [Read full story about the Skara Brae figurine]