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TITLE
Calanais
EXTERNAL ID
PC_MACLEAN_HARRIS&LEWIS09_19
PLACENAME
Callanish
DISTRICT
Lewis
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Uig
DATE OF IMAGE
8 July 2009
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Clare Maclean
SOURCE
Clare Maclean
ASSET ID
29240
KEYWORDS
stones
standing stones
monuments
Calanais

The area around Calanais, in north-west Lewis in the Western Isles, has over 20 different monuments about 3000-4000 years old. The most famous site is Calanais I which consists of a stone circle with four rows of stones leading away from it: a double row to the north and single rows to the south, east and west. It is thought that some of the stones are significant in the lunar cycle.

The monuments were abandoned as a druidical site in about 800 BC and became covered over by peat. The peat was not cleared again until 1857.

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Calanais

ROSS: Uig

2000s

stones; standing stones; monuments;

Clare Maclean

The area around Calanais, in north-west Lewis in the Western Isles, has over 20 different monuments about 3000-4000 years old. The most famous site is Calanais I which consists of a stone circle with four rows of stones leading away from it: a double row to the north and single rows to the south, east and west. It is thought that some of the stones are significant in the lunar cycle.<br /> <br /> The monuments were abandoned as a druidical site in about 800 BC and became covered over by peat. The peat was not cleared again until 1857.