By: Alfred Watkins (Author), Robert MacFarlane (Introduction By)
384 pages, 50 b/w illustrations
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 countryside. 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. This edition of The Old Straight Track, with a substantial introduction by Robert Macfarlane, will appeal to all who treasure the history, contours and mystery of Britain's ancient landscapes.
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Alfred Watkins was an amateur archaeologist. He died in 1935. Robert Macfarlane is the prize-winning author of The Wild Places (2007) and The Old Roads (2011).
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