Steinacleit stone circle, near Shader (Siader) on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland.
Construction of this circle probably began about 2000 BC.
Image: Dave Rintoul, Summer 2008 [larger view].
This mysterious site lies on a gentle slope not far from the A857 road, at the south end of Loch an Duin, Shader, Lewis, northwest of Stornoway. Archaeologists are divided over whether this monument is the remains of a chambered cairn or a domestic settlement. There is a circular structure of some 16 meters in diameter situated on one side of an elliptical enclosure marked by a low wall. The function and date of this site are still unknown. About 165 meters to the north there is Clach Stei Lin, a standing stone, and the Clach an Trushal standing stone is visible in the distance, to the west.