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Callanish in Orion


The Callanish Stones, also called the Calanais, are made of Lewisian gneiss. They overlook Loch Roag on the west side of Lewis Isle, Scotland. They were constructed some 4,000 years ago, or about 1800 BC.

Four limbs of the stone circle run out in a line following the four points of the compass.

The site is raised on a whaleback ridge, forming a cross (remembering that it was constructed nearly 2,000 years before the birth of Christ), with the remains of a Neolithic chambered cairn (burial site) and a single monolith in the centre. Ten smaller sites are scattered over the nearby area, one being Cnoc Ceann (Callanish II), and Cnoc Fhillibhir Bheag (Callanish III). 


  Callanish in Orion represents the essence of archaeoastronomy, the mystical connection of the stars in the heavens with our human ancestors and their ancient megaliths. Since the beginning of recorded time, the constellation Orion has found importance with not only the standing stones of Scotland, but with many ancient megaliths around the globe.


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