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Ley Lines: The Greatest Landscape Mystery

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In 1989, a book that Devereux had co-written with Nigel Pennick, Lines on the Landscape, was published. It’s tempting to think that Watkins had some sense of the potential distance his book might travel when he closed it with these words, words that resonate even with an outsider like me: “From our soil we wrench a new knowledge of old, old human skills and effort, that came to the making of this England of ours. Blame ex-RAF pilot Tony Wedd who, in his leaflet Skyways and Landmarks (1961), suggested that ley lines were laid down by prehistoric societies to connect with alien spacecraft.

Watkins never attributed any supernatural significance to leys; he believed that they were simply pathways that had been used for trade or ceremonial purposes, very ancient in origin, possibly dating back to the Neolithic, certainly pre-Roman.As Hutton observed, a belief in "ancient earth energies have passed so far into the religious experience of the 'New Age' counter-culture of Europe and America that it is unlikely that any tests of evidence would bring about an end to belief in them. The historian Ronald Hutton similarly noted that there had been a "virtual demise" in the idea by the 1950s, in part due to "a natural weariness with a spent enthusiasm".

A handpicked selection of stories from BBC Future, Culture, Worklife and Travel, delivered to your inbox every Friday. See also Stonehenge Complete , The Holy Kingdom and The Isle of Avalon Sacred Mysteries of Arthur and Glastonbury . Other statistical significance tests have shown that supposed ley-line alignments are no more significant than random occurrences and/or have been generated by selection effects. I found out about the Circle of Perpetual Choirs, druids who would always be singing, at a stone circle or old yew tree or a place of strong earth energy, to maintain the peace of the land.The book is considered the first book written about leys, and the first book to document and map alleged ley lines in Britain, primarily southern England. By using the Web site, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by the Terms and Conditions. The idea was developed in early 20th-century Europe, with ley line believers arguing that these alignments were recognised by ancient societies that deliberately erected structures along them. This, he argued, showed that the mere existence of such lines in a set of points does not prove that the lines are deliberate artefacts, especially since it is known that telephone boxes were not laid out in any such manner or with any such intention. H. Piper's paper presented to the Woolhope Naturalists' Field Club in 1882, which noted that: "A line drawn from the Skirrid-fawr mountain northwards to Arthur's Stone would pass over the camp and southernmost point of Hatterall Hill, Oldcastle, Longtown Castle, and Urishay and Snodhill castles.

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