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Ley Lines: Early British Trackways, Moats, Mounds, Camps and Sites (Forgotten Books) Paperback – 9 Jan 2008

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  • Paperback: 82 pages
  • Publisher: Forgotten Books (9 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605064726
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605064727
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 0.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 587,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Alfred Watkins (27 January 1855 - April 15, 1935) was a a self-taught amateur archaeologist and antiquarian who noticed in the British landscape the apparent arrangement of ancient features along straight lines, known as ley lines.

Watkins was born in Hereford to an affluent family which had moved to the town in 1820 to establish several businesses including a flour-mill, a hotel and brewery. Watkins travelled across Herefordshire as an 'out-rider' representing the family businesses and so got to know the area intimately. He was also a respected photographer. He made some cameras himself and manufactured the Watkins exposure meter, an example of which is in the Hereford City Museum.

On June 30, 1921, Watkins visited Blackwardine in Herefordshire when he had the idea that there was a system of straight lines crossing the landscape dating from Neolithic times. He presented his ideas at a meeting of the Woolhope Naturalists' Field Club of Hereford in September 1921, and published his first books Early British Trackways in 1922 and The Old Straight Track in 1925. Thereafter he spent a major part of his life developing his theory. He published a further book on ley lines and participated in the Old Straight Track Club from 1927 to 1935 (the papers from this organisation are also in the Hereford City Museum).

Watkins ideas are not universally accepted by archaeologists. At first it was thought was that the ancient Britons were too primitive to have devised such an arrangement, but this is no longer the argument used against the existence of ley lines. More crucially there are so many ancient features that finding some in approximate alignment is highly likely. Watkins was sensitive to such arguments and argued for caution. He also drew up a list according to which landscape features could be given values between 1/4 and 1 point, five points or more being required as evidence of a ley line.

Watkins was a member of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, an authority on beekeeping and a fellow of the Royal Photographic Society. He was also involved in the preservation of Pembridge Market Hall.

Watkins' work was revived and popularised from the 1960s following John Michell's publication of The View over Atlantis 1969. In 2002 Watkins had a beer ..." (Quote from wikipedia.org)


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This was the first book on leys, commonly known as "ley-ines" by their rediscoverer, Alfred Watkins. For Watkins, leys were just physical trackways between ancient sites, burial mounds, tumps, old churches etc. which were aligned in a dead straight line across the countryside. This book was followed by the more seminal work The Old Straight Track for which he is better known, but you should read this book first. Think of it as a "work in progress".

Watkins' concept was further developed by the late John Michell in his The New View over Atlantis which for anyone interested in the New Age aspect of ley-lines is an absolute must-read along with The Sun and the Serpent by Hamish Miller and Paul Broadhurst.
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Fantastic book of ley lines around Herefordshire in the main but mentions other major ones as well. Recommended reading for the layman (leyman!). Bought because it was the leading authority who was an amateur photographer and was a rep for his fathers business of flour and ale.
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I ordered this book on 04/12/2010 but it has failed to arrive

I seem to be unable to reconnect to Amazon to either receive the book or reclaim my money

So much for Amazon
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1.0 out of 5 stars lacking contant 12 Mar. 2014
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I was completly dissatisfied by the contant of the book, I have previous knowledgd of ley lines and this book was lacking good information
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1.0 out of 5 stars It will give you a headache 12 Oct. 2008
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This 'book'(it is less than 70 pages), Is a disaster in term of editing. The author is all over the map as if suffering from extreme ADD. Along with that are so many references to places that people outside of the UK will not know that you need to sit with a map while reading. His logic is terribly flawed, which made the strength of his insistance of his theory seem foolish.
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