Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Did Ancient Britons Use Ley Lines or Are People Seeing Something in Nothing?

The Daily Mail has a piece describing the claim by an “independent historian,” Tom Brooks, which states that ancient Britons used interlocking sets of stones forming triangles to create a giant geomap for navigation. The theory is backed up with the claim that there is no way these nearly perfect triangles could be formed without a giant plan and purpose.

When reading this story I am reminded of Henry Lincoln’s second theory of the mystery of Rennes-le-Chateau (the first being Jesus had babies and a store load of treasure in southern France). The second theory stated that various local mountain tops formed geometric patterns and thus had something to do with a store load of treasure in southern France.

Lincoln’s and Brooks’s theories might seem to lead to something at first glance but a quick examination and a moment to think can spell away these dubious ideas.

1. There is more than what the researchers are mapping. Yeah, the several points together make a symbol but when one maps out all the ancient pre-druid mounds or all the French hills/mountains the nice, orderly locations melt away into a natural chaos of locations.
2. Modern-day surveyors make mistakes with modern equipment. Think, just 100 years ago of all the surveying errors that lead to odd American state borders. Now imagine the surveying skills of 5,000 years ago. Long distancing surveying factoring the curvature of the Earth is hard enough when making simple rope is a major time consuming feat for your local tribe.

The ancient British GPS of stone markings is another example of ley lines and rest up there in pseudogeography land with other places like the supposed Bosnian pyramids.


James D said...

On your U.S. boundaries tangent, I wonder how many states haven't experienced some sort of surveying "error". One could even argue that the majority of the boundaries of Maryland and Delaware are either surveying errors or fudges to resolve surveying errors. But does one count things like the Ohio/Michigan border as an "error"?

Catholicgauze said...

James D,
I was not referring to things like the border of Ohio and Michigan as an error because that was planned. I was referring to errors like South Dakota's western border not aligning where it, Wyoming, and Montana meet up because of a surveying error.