Ley Lines in Question

Tom Williamson & Liz Bellamy

232 Pages, ISBN 0 437 19205 9     
Published by World's Work, 1983     

Each year, a considerable number of books are written on ley lines, earth forces, landscape patterns and associated phenomena. Yet these books have recieved only passing criticism, if any at all, from the archaeological establishment. Thus, the 'earth energy school' has effectively become an alternative body of archaeological opinion.
Tom Williamson and Liz Bellamy have taken a year from their studies at Cambridge to give serious examination to the case for 'alternative archaeology'; in particular they have explored the theory of ley lines, the belief that lines and patterns formed by joining up ancient sites prove the existence of a megalithic science based on the manipulation of a mysterious force.
As well as analysing the many arguments for and against ley lines, the authors have also considered why, and how, the subject has evolved, and its importance as a challenge to orthodox academia. There is much more to the subject than many archaeologists are aware and, in many ways, conventional archaeology could benefit from studying, and even imitating, its popular rival.
For many reasons this enquiry into alternative archaeology makes essential reading for both the ley-line enthusiast and the orthodox archaeologist.

Having studied History and Archaeology at Jesus College Cambridge, Tom Williamson is at present carrying out research into the history of the North Essex landscape for his PhD. He also has a part-time job as curator of Ely Museum and lectures on archaeology and landscape history for the Workers' Educational Association.
Liz Bellamy was born and brought up in East Ilsley in Berkshire. She now lives in Cambridge, where she studied English Literature, also at Jesus College.

(The text above comes from the back of the book)     

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