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Callanish

29 28 the PrOtectiOn Of cAllAniSh the Inspector calls In order to support Parliamentary approval of an Ancient Monuments Protection Bill, C.P. KainsJackson produced Our Ancient Monuments and the Land Around Them 1880. This was a descriptive catalogue of important sites throughout Britain which might be scheduled under a new Act. The threepage account of Callanish includes an attractive sketch opposite, top, but with many of the stones drawn out of proportion. Once the Act was passed, in 1882, General Augustus PittRivers was appointed Inspector of Ancient Monuments. He could justifiably be called the father of British archaeology, having performed meticulous and accuratelyrecorded excavations of many sites on his own Dorset estate. His visit to Lewis in August 1885 marks a turningpoint in the story of Callanish. He was accompanied by his artistassistant, Tomkin who drew the sketch opposite below. As well as a detailed plan they made individual drawings of each stone, showing the former peat level example on page 14. Stone 35, reerected in the 1860s, was now broken, with the upper half lying alongside the erect stump seen in drawing on page 31. PittRivers requested its repair, but this was delayed until the 1900s. In addition, PittRivers negotiated the future protection of Callanish under the new Act.
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