Indulge me if you will, as I attempt to spark some interesting conversation on the topic of Ley Lines. I made an attempt at this about a year ago and
garnered little interest. Here's hoping this time we can get some debate going, as I think these Ley Lines are a very interesting topic.
Ley lines are hypothetical alignments of a number of places of geographical interest, such as ancient monuments and megaliths. Their existence was
suggested in 1921 by archaeologist Alfred Watkins, whose book The Old Straight Track brought the alignments to the attention of the wider public.
The existence of alignments between sites is easily demonstrated. However, the causes of these alignments are disputed. There are several major areas
of interpretation: Let's review some of these...
* Archaeological: A new area of archaeological study, archaeogeodesy, examines geodesy as practiced in prehistoric time, and as evidenced by
archaeological remains. One major aspect of modern geodesy is surveying. As interpreted by geodesy, the so-called ley lines can be the product of
ancient surveying, property markings, or commonly travelled pathways. Numerous societies, ancient and modern, employ straight lines between points of
use; archaeologists have documented these traditions. Modern surveying also results in placement of constructs in lines on the landscape. It is
reasonable to expect human constructs and activity areas to reflect human use of lines.
* Cultural: Many cultures use straight lines across the landscape. In South America, such lines often are directed towards mountain peaks; the
Nazca lines are a famous example of lengthy lines made by ancient cultures. Straight lines connect ancient pyramids in Mexico; today, modern roads
built on the ancient roads deviate around the huge pyramids. The Chaco culture of Northwestern New Mexico cut stairs into sandstone cliffs to
facilitate keeping roads straight.
* New Age: The ley lines and their intersection points resonate a special psychic or magical energy, often including elements such as geomancy,
dowsing or UFOs, stating that, for instance, UFO's travel along ley lines (in the way that one might observe that cars use roads and highways). These
points on lines have electrical or magnetic forces associated with them.
* Skeptical: Skeptics of the actuality of ley lines often classify them as pseudoscience. Such skeptics tend to doubt that ley lines were planned
or made by ancient cultures, and argue that apparent ley lines can be readily explained without resorting to extraordinary or pseudoscientific
The existence of the observed alignments is not controversial. Both believers in magical and ancient theories of ley lines and skeptics of these
theories agree that these alignments exist between megaliths and ancient sites.
The following is a map of Ley Lines running through Seattle, WA. This was put together by a group of New Age dowsers, the Geo Group. They were given
$5,000 dollars by the Seattle Arts Commission to do this map. Photographs of the result, which looks like a defaced satellite photo of the Seattle
area, can be purchased for $7.00 from the group. It proudly proclaims that the "project made Seattle the first city on Earth to balance and tune its
ley-line system." The Arts Commission has been criticized by skeptical citizens for funding a New Age, pagan sect, but the artwork continues to be
displayed on a rotating basis in city-owned buildings within Seattle.
So, I would like to hear what some of your theories on Ley Lines are. What particular stance do you take with them? Let's get some interesting
discussion going here. I really think this is an excellent topic for debate.
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[edit on 7/9/2007 by Mirthful Me]