The Old Straight Track by Alfred Watkins


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Garnstone Press, 1980. 284 pages. B & w photographs throughout. Small markings on jackets, slightly darkened. Very good copy. 

The Old Straight Track Its Mounds, Beacons, Moats, Sites and Mark Stones.

'First published in 1925 The Old Straight Track remains one of the most important source for the study of ancient tracks or leys, across the British Isles.

Detailed investigation convinced Alfred Watkins that Britain is covered with a network of straight tracks running from beacon hills; clearly marked by a mound or clump of trees on the high points, by notches cut in mountain ridges and by standing stones, or pools carefully placed to reflect the light of a beacon and lead the traveller on. 

It is still open to conjecture whether the purpose behind this extraordinary network was secular or religious; but this famous book is a firm starting point for any investigation into a fascinating system, which was old when the Romans came to Britain and laid many of their roads along existing alignments. 

An essential topographical text, and a classic work of landscape history.'

'What really matters in this book is whether it is a humanly designed fact, an accidental coincidence, or a "mare's nest", that mounds, moats, beacons and mark stones fall into straight lines throughout Britain, with fragmentary evidence of trackways on the alignments.'  - Alfred Watkins, 1925.

'And felt the hillside thronged by souls unseen,
Who knew little interest in me, and were keen 
That man alive should understand man dead.'  -John Mansfield, 1911.

Category Archaeology