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Callanish Stones

Photo by Lee Frost / Robert Harding Picture Library / Aurora Photos

Callanish Stones

Isle of Lewis, Scotland

Stories and legends surround this collection of 13 stones, located on the Isle of Lewis in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, erected between 2900 and 2600 B.C. Their actual origins and purpose are unknown, though archeologists surmise that the imperfect circle was an astrological observatory. Through the millennia, these ancient monuments, made of local Lewisian gneiss rock, have managed to stay current. They’ve made appearances in novels, music videos, works of art (sculpture Gerald Laing’s 1974 work Callanish, for example) and even Pixar films -- the 2012 fantasy film Brave included several scenes with the mysterious memorial.

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