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ISBN:
0345235673
Author:
Alfred Watkins
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Earth Sciences
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English
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Ballantine Books; 1st Printing edition (September 12, 1973)
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The Old Straight Track: Its Mounds, Beacons, Moats, Sites and Mark Stones is a book by Alfred Watkins, first published in 1925, describing the existence of alleged ley lines in Britain

The Old Straight Track: Its Mounds, Beacons, Moats, Sites and Mark Stones is a book by Alfred Watkins, first published in 1925, describing the existence of alleged ley lines in Britain. Watkins presents a methodical and thorough exposition of his theories of ley lines, following an earlier much shorter publication, "Early British Trackways" (1922). The book has a preface, thirty chapters, four appendices and an index. There are many figures, and photographs taken by the author.

The Old Straight Track Paperback – Facsimile, January 7, 2013. Watkins also photographed old cottages and farms that no longer exist. This was a labour of love for Watkins and a gift to history lovers far beyond the area of the country were he roamed. by. Alfred Watkins (Author). Find all the books, read about the author, and more. While I am grateful to the publisher for reprinting this book, I wonder why they chose someone to write the Intro who has no respect for Mr. Watkins. Robert MacFarlane speaks of Alfred Watkins with such disdain and ridicule that he certainly blunted my joy at finding the book again.

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First published in 1925, THE OLD STRAIGHT TRACK described the author's theory of 'ley lines', pre-Roman pathways .

First published in 1925, THE OLD STRAIGHT TRACK described the author's theory of 'ley lines', pre-Roman pathways consisting of aligned stone circles and prehistoric mounds, used by our Neolithic ancestors. Watkins's ideas have intrigued and inspired generations of readers – from historians to hill walkers, and from amateur archaeologists to new-age occultists.

Alfred Watkins was an amateur archaeologist and author of THE OLD STRAIGHT TRACK (1925). Robert Macfarlane is the prize-winning author of THE WILD PLACES (2007) and THE OLD ROADS (2011). Библиографические данные. The Old Straight Track.

The Old Straight Track book. First in the Herefordshire countryside, and later throughout Britain, Alfred Watkins noticed that beacon hills, mounds, earthworks, moats and old First published in 1925 The Old Straight Track remains the most important source for the study of ancient tracks or leys that criss-cross the British Isles-a fascinating system which was old when the Romans came to Britain.

The Old Straight Track. 0 5 Author: Alfred Watkins. First published in 1925, THE OLD STRAIGHT TRACK described the author's theory of 'ley lines', pre-Roman pathways consisting of aligned stone circles and prehistoric mounds, used by our Neolithic ancestors.

Alfred Watkins, Robert Macfarlane. Watkins's ideas have intrigued and inspired generations of readers - from historians to hill walkers, and from amateur archaeologists to new-age occultists.

  • Umrdana
I had been looking for this book for about 30 years and was thrilled to find it again recently. I had remembered the basic premise of ley lines with old standing stones and hilltops and ancient mounds lining up in rows. But what I had been impressed by and wanted to see again where the beautiful black-and-white photos of these sites that the book contained. The photographs are as interesting as I had remembered, but I had forgotten that Mr. Watkins in the early days on the 20th century would often put up a tent in the field and develop the photos on the spot - probably allowing for retakes if necessary. Although most of these locations are well known today, many were know only locally at the time. Watkins also photographed old cottages and farms that no longer exist. This was a labour of love for Watkins and a gift to history lovers far beyond the area of the country were he roamed.
While I am grateful to the publisher for reprinting this book, I wonder why they chose someone to write the Intro who has no respect for Mr. Watkins. Robert MacFarlane speaks of Alfred Watkins with such disdain and ridicule that he certainly blunted my joy at finding the book again. I downloaded the volume, scanned through the photographs With pleasure, then dived into the Introduction. I found it mean-spirited and petty. We have a 39-year-old academic with as fine an education as money could buy, ridiculing the efforts of a man who only began his hobby after working until he was 64 and had earning enough money to retire. Then Mr Watkins went out following the old pathways (the same ones that MacFarlane has also written about with great pleasure) and noticed how frequently these paths and stones and old mounds occurred. To him it appeared that they often lined up with one another. So he set to work, funding his own travels, taking photos without a digital camera, and still produced several publications that served as road maps for many lovers of the English countryside to find them for themselves.
I have tried to understand MacFarlane's unworthy treatment of Mr. Watkins. It isn't that he refuses to admit anyone found these pathways before him, in his own book on the old pathways MacFarlane is fulsome in his praise of many other writers on the subject. But not Watkins. One of MacFarlane's motivations appears to be to make it crystal clear that he has no truck with Crazy New Agers, for the very existence of whom he seems to hold Mr. Watkins personally responsible. And MacFarlane has such a low opinion of anyone without an Oxford or Cambridge education to appear convinced we would be unable to separate the wheat from the chaff. He seems afraid that without his withering denunciation, Watkins' readers will go straight out and paint themselves blue (or green) and dance naked on the top of old forts, before chaining themselves to the old stones.
However, Mr. MacFarlane's primary motivation seems the tiresome need some academics feel to ridicule anyone who would dare publish in their field without having first gathered Degrees from the proper institutions. This is demonstrated by the glee with which Mr. MacFarlane tells us that the "eminent" editor of the scholarly publication Antiquity refused to even sell Mr. Watkins space In the journal for an advertisement. What a shame.
Had he sold him the ad, some historians even with their top-notch educations might have bought the book, read it, and written to Mr. Watkins to exchange information and to suggest to him other possible interpretations for some of the things he had found. Everyone might have learned from such an exchange. But no, the academics put their thumbs in their ears, stuck out their tongues and made it plain to Mr. Watkins that he was not welcome to even join in their learned conversation.
If the book is reprinted again, I hope the publishers will look for someone more objective and less prejudiced than MacFarlane to write the Introduction.
  • Kearanny
Very detailed, a classic on ley lines though I was a little disappointed with the quality of the photos and the small print. Watkins's methods could be applied to any part of the world.
  • Foiuost
"However, Mr. MacFarlane's primary motivation seems the tiresome need some academics feel to ridicule anyone who would dare publish in their field without having first gathered Degrees from the proper institutions. This is demonstrated by the glee with which Mr. MacFarlane tells us that the "eminent" editor of the scholarly publication Antiquity refused to even sell Mr. Watkins space In the journal for an advertisement. What a shame."

Mr. MacFarlane, yet another academic pompous ass, represents today's true rotting academic carcass perfectly. Hold on to those beliefs (and the money), you egotistical blue bloods, no matter how wrong you really are. History and time will judge and expose all of you as the arrogant "Flat Earthers" that you really are.
  • Mr.Champions
A fascinating read