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Callanish

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Monument, Moon and Mountain

by Ian McHardy

The magnificent Callanish stones have captured the imagination for centuries. From Martin Martin to Lady Matheson and New Age Travellers, they have been the source of fascination and speculation. In turn, they have given rise to innumerable theories about their purpose, and why such an impressive prehistoric monument should be located in Lewis and on this particular site.

This booklet by Ian McHardy, a professional archaeologist and historian, sets out some important new ideas, drawing on folklore in Scotland and the Celtic world more generally. He demonstrates the value of looking across disciplines, using insights from physical science as well as traditional beliefs and folklore, to shed new light on this age-old subject.


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