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TITLE
Calanais Stones, Lewis
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_3200_P124
PLACENAME
Calanais
DISTRICT
Lewis
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Uig
DATE OF IMAGE
1878
PERIOD
1870s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31736
KEYWORDS
Callanish
standing stones
monuments
circles
Calanais Stones, Lewis

The area around Calanais, in northwest Lewis in the Western Isles, has over twenty different monuments 3000-4000 years old. The most famous of these is known as Calanais I. The structure consists of approximately 50 stones, 13 of which form a circle around the tallest stone (approximately 16ft tall). 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 probably abandoned in around 800BC and peat grew over the stones. It was not cleared again until 1857.

This illustration is taken from 'Art Rambles in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland', by John T Reid (1878)

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Calanais Stones, Lewis

ROSS: Uig

1870s

Callanish; standing stones; monuments; circles

Highland Libraries

Fraser Mackintosh Collection (illustrations)

The area around Calanais, in northwest Lewis in the Western Isles, has over twenty different monuments 3000-4000 years old. The most famous of these is known as Calanais I. The structure consists of approximately 50 stones, 13 of which form a circle around the tallest stone (approximately 16ft tall). 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 probably abandoned in around 800BC and peat grew over the stones. It was not cleared again until 1857.<br /> <br /> This illustration is taken from 'Art Rambles in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland', by John T Reid (1878)