The Old Straight Track

The Old Straight Track A beautiful new edition of a classic work of landscape history in which Alfred Watkins introduced the idea of ancient ley lines criss crossing the English countrysideFirst published in this boo

  • Title: The Old Straight Track
  • Author: Alfred Watkins Robert Macfarlane
  • ISBN: 9781781856628
  • Page: 475
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Old Straight Track

    A beautiful new edition of a classic work of landscape history, in which Alfred Watkins introduced the idea of ancient ley lines criss crossing the English countrysideFirst published in 1925, this book outlined its author s concept of ley lines, supposed pre Roman pathways consisting of aligned stone circles, standing stones, and prehistoric mounds, used for trading anA beautiful new edition of a classic work of landscape history, in which Alfred Watkins introduced the idea of ancient ley lines criss crossing the English countrysideFirst published in 1925, this book outlined its author s concept of ley lines, supposed pre Roman pathways consisting of aligned stone circles, standing stones, and prehistoric mounds, used for trading and ceremonial purposes during the Neolithic era Based on his surveys of the Anglo Welsh border country, Alfred Watkins believed that in ancient times the country was crisscrossed by a network of straight line travel routes, with prominent features of the landscape used as navigation points Watkins s theories have intrigued and inspired generations of readers, from historians to hill walkers, and from amateur archeologists to new age occultists This new edition, with a substantial introduction by Robert Macfarlane, and retaining Watkins s original atmospheric black and white photographs, introduces a classic antiquarian text to a 21st century audience It will appeal to all who treasure the history, the contours, and the mystery of ancient landscapes.

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    1. Paul

      Originally published in 1925, this book by Alfred Watkins bought the concept of ley lines to the public. The concept came to him after visiting a Roman excavation and looking at the map to get a perspective on the wider landscape, he saw that a number of features seemed to line up. When he had the opportunity to get to higher ground he had the opportunity to look at the landscape and see that these features had straight paths running between them. He came to believe that the people of this count [...]

    2. Lenore

      Amazing history of topography of England roads were laid out, ley lines - not the mystical ones, but the "ley of the land" ley lines, why intersections are called "crosses," how the "Roman Roads" were built on already existing highways, why moats and reflective pools, etc.

    3. Graham

      Alfred Watkins was the first researcher to really understand the significance of what we now call 'ley lines' in this country. Through what must have been hundreds of hours of research, he collected tonnes of information and put it all together for this lucid and engaging work that seeks to explain and explore the subject in undeniable depthE OLD STRAIGHT TRACK puts forward his theory that our prehistoric ancestors used local landmarks to craft straight-running tracks throughout the landscape fo [...]

    4. Jo

      There are few books which truly merit the word ‘iconic’, but in my opinion, ‘The Old Straight Track’ is one of them. Nearly 90 years after its publication, it continues to open the eyes of readers so that they see the landscape in an entirely new light; as John Michell rightly puts it, writing in the Foreword, for many people the book “awoke, as it were, the memory of a half familiar truth.” When I first read the book for myself, getting on for 20 years ago now, this was certainly my [...]

    5. JackieB

      Alred Watkins described his theory very clearly and in great depth, but I was unconvinced. He seemed to have fallen victim to confirmation bias to an epic degree. In addition, his attempt to use probablilty to support his theory was woefully inadequate (and I am qualified to make that judgement).

    6. Äsruþr Cyneaþsson

      As expected -- a fair development of the original archaelogical and anthropoligical theory of ley-lines. There is no New Age fluff here. This work is purely focussed upon ley-lines, rather than energy grids. As an insight into how Neolithic people may have planned and developed trade routes and processional pathways, Watkins makes a good offering.

    7. Paul Gallear

      Thank god that is over with. Just stubborn, bloody-minded obstinacy prevented me from abandoning this book half way through. I suppose it is unfair to be too harsh because I did enjoy some aspects of it, such as those chapters dealing with place names. But the rest I found to be tedious and uninteresting speculation.It is a well-liked book which will continue to be read, just never by me again.

    8. Jean

      Such an odd book. He piles up all this evidence, is very serious and carefuld yet he's totally wrong and credulous.

    9. Snufkin

      I gained an interest of ley lines through pursuing crop circles and Silbury Hill. This is both detailed and gripping!

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