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The Year of Coasts & Waters Project 2021

Exploring the landscape of the Calanais stones A ’sgrùdadh cruth-tìre nan tursachan Urras nan Tursachan (the Calanais Trust) are delighted to announce the launch of a community archaeology project designed to explore the past landscape around the Neolithic and...

Remembering Calanais: Guest blog by Patrick Ashmore

The chamber tomb being excavated, May 1981. Photo: Patrick Ashmore, © Historic Environment Scotland It's forty years since our excavations at Calanais started. We stayed in a house in Breasclete belonging to Mrs MacArthur for the seasons of 1980 and 1981. Our...

Islands of Stone: Neolithic Crannogs in the Outer Hebrides

GUEST BLOG: ‘Islands of stone’: Neolithic crannogs – possible ‘ritual’ sites in Lewis that are older than Calanais Map of Neolithic sites: Fraser Sturt & Duncan Garrow The stone circle complex at Calanais is considered by many to have been part of a highly...

Mysteries within the Calanais Chamber Tomb: Dr Alison Sheridan

We are delighted to be joined by our own Urras nan Tursachan board member, Dr Alison Sheridan as she sheds light on the chamber tomb found within the Standing Stones of Calanais. Photo: Nachosan. Licensed under the Creative CommonsAttribution-Share Alike 3.0...

Conversations

Calanais Conversations – Episode 6 with Gerald Ponting

In this Calanais Conversation, The Prehistory Guys talk with Gerald Ponting. In the 1970s and 1980s, Gerald and Margaret Ponting (later Margaret Curtis, who died in 2022) carried out groundbreaking research at Calanais. These dedicated local amateurs published the...

Calanais Conversations Episode 4

The Prehistory Guys have returned with another episode of Calanais Conversations with Dr Melanie Johnson! Melanie is a specialist in prehistoric pottery and is involved in some fascinating new research around Calanais so we thought we’d invite her along to tell us...

Calanais Conversations Episode 2

We’re very excited to be sharing with you a new series called Calanais Conversations. To learn more about our interviewers, The Prehistory Guys, please feel free to check out their website and podcasts… https://theprehistoryguys.uk/ This episode features Professor...

Calanais Conversations Episode 1

We're very excited to be sharing with you a new series called Calanais Conversations. Calanais Conversations will feature guests such as the Prehistory Guys, who will telling us all about their personal history with Calanais and why these Standing Stones are so...

Calanis 2025

Updates

Expert Talks soon to be uploaded

We will soon be posting recordings of the following talks on this website: Archaeoastronomer Professor Clive Ruggles explores Calanais and other sites enigmatic relationship with the sun and moon in his talk:  Sighting the Sun and Moon at Calanais. Astrophysicist...

The Major Lunar Standstill, 2025, and preparations for it in 2024

The complex stone monument at Calanais is world-famous for marking an extraordinary natural phenomenon that happens every 18.6 years, at the time of the moon’s Major Standstill, when its rising and setting positions are at their southernmost point and furthest...