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Callanish Stones

Callanish Stones
The Callanish Stones (or "Callanish I", Clachan Chalanais or Tursachan Chalanais in Gaelic) are an arrangement of standing stones placed in a cruciform pattern with a central stone circle. They were erected in the late Neolithic era, and were a focus for ritual activity during the Bronze Age. They are near the village of Callanish (Gaelic: Calanais) on the west coast of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. Location[edit] The Callanish Stones (grid reference NB213330) are situated on a low ridge above the waters of Loch Roag with the hills of Great Bernera as a backdrop.[1] Management[edit] The Callanish Stones are managed by Historic Scotland. Description[edit] Map of the Callanish Stones Centre stone[edit] The central monolith stands 0.8 metres west of the true centre of the stone circle. Stone circle[edit] The stone circle consists of thirteen stones and has a diameter of 11.4 metres. Northern avenue[edit] The avenue connects to the stone circle from the north-northeast. Stone rows[edit]

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