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7 6 the POwer Of A chief the social context of Callanish At Callanish, as at other stone circles, information is sparse about its social context. Undoubtedly the people supported themselves by keeping livestock and growing grain which they ground for flour. They hunted, and used the harvest of the sea. Their pottery vessels were richly decorated similar to those opposite. They made tools of bone and stone, obtaining stone for their axes via farflung trade routes. An axe, found in the peat in Lewis in 1983, was composed of porcellanite from Ireland. Its wooden handle was remarkably well preserved below. There is no certain trace of their houses, probably because the materials, such as turf and wood, leave little evidence today. In contrast, their stone monuments have stood through five millennia of Hebridean weather. The creation of impressive monuments like Callanish would have emphasised the power of chieftains or priests and increased the cohesion of the local society. However, the many similarities in design between stone circles throughout Britain suggest frequent communication between widely scattered communities.
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