3,000-Year-Old Stone Circle Discovered on Lewis

Archaeologists believe a stone circle measuring 30m and dating from 3,000 years ago may be second in importance only to Stonehenge. Stone circles are not unusual in Scotland, especially on the Isle of Lewis where there are at least four of the structures. The largest is Callanish. Now archaeologists from Manchester University have discovered a 5th. This circle, measuring 30m wide predates Stonehenge. It is also unusual for being inbedded in the earth.

"There are not many stone circles in this condition and I have never seen this type of construction used before," said Colin Richards of Manchester University. "This is a very exciting find and is not only significant in archaeological terms but also important for the island which benefits from tourism."