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TITLE
Stone circle at Calanais
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_2471_P111
PLACENAME
Calanais
DISTRICT
Lewis
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Uig
PERIOD
2000BC
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31573
KEYWORDS
Calanais
Callanish
standing stones
stones
circles
stone circles
monuments
Lewis
peat
tombs
zoomable images

The area around Calanais, in north west Lewis in the Western Isles, has over twenty different monuments 3000-4000 years old.

The stone circle pictured here is the most famous of the monuments and is known as Calanais I. The structure consists of approximately 50 stones. 13 of these form a circle around the tallest stone (approximately 16ft). Some time later a stone tomb was added to the centre.

Extending east, west and south from the circle are single rows of stones, while extending north there is a double row of stones, creating an avenue. It is thought that various stones were used to mark significant points in the Lunar Cycle.

The site was abandoned in about 800BC and it gradually began to disappear under the peat. It was not cleared again until 1857.

This illustration is taken from 'The Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland' vol.3

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Stone circle at Calanais

ROSS: Uig

2000BC

Calanais; Callanish; standing stones; stones; circles; stone circles; monuments; Lewis; peat; tombs; zoomable images

Highland Libraries

Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (maps)

The area around Calanais, in north west Lewis in the Western Isles, has over twenty different monuments 3000-4000 years old.<br /> <br /> The stone circle pictured here is the most famous of the monuments and is known as Calanais I. The structure consists of approximately 50 stones. 13 of these form a circle around the tallest stone (approximately 16ft). Some time later a stone tomb was added to the centre. <br /> <br /> Extending east, west and south from the circle are single rows of stones, while extending north there is a double row of stones, creating an avenue. It is thought that various stones were used to mark significant points in the Lunar Cycle.<br /> <br /> The site was abandoned in about 800BC and it gradually began to disappear under the peat. It was not cleared again until 1857.<br /> <br /> This illustration is taken from 'The Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland' vol.3