Leylines by vaXzine

The Magical Mystical Leyline Locator

Leylines by vaXzine

Leylines by vaXzine

Tom Scott has produced this fantastic resource for finding out if you live on a leyline; simply enter your postcode and the application will show you leylines passing through that location overlain on a GoogleMap. Go on, have a go!

Everywhere I have tried has a number of significant leylines, particularly ones passing through Stonehenge (which of course, is probably significant and it must be the mystical powers of the monument which have drawn me in to work on its archaeology for nearly a decade now…).

Of course, leylines and apparent spatial patterns is a subject area where patterns and what appear to be patterns are two entirely different kettles of fish. We humans are great at inferring patterns where there are in actuality none, the good old leyline is a prime example of this. So whenever you see a paper or presentation on spatial patterning of archaeological sites, treat it with caution, particularly if everything leads back to Atlantis, some magical cosmological arrangement embodied in the landscape across vast swathes of countryside (the fact that group of fields actually looks a bit like a dog suckling her puppies is probably just over-interpretation), if it promises to ‘rewrite history’ or if it is ‘being dismissed by the establishment because they can’t handle the truth…’

And also remember overly specific yet poorly thought out pseudo-stats can be used to ‘prove’ many arguments and are used consistently in the fringes of spatial analysis in archaeology. For those who still doubt what I say and believe the significance of apparent rings of sites around Stonehenge or linear or other geometric patterns of otherwise unrelated sites (evidence of some underlying mystical unknown, of course…), please read this excellent article by Matt Parker, mathematician, on the spatial arrangement of Woolworths stores.

Cheers to Dan Pett for the heads up on the leyline generator 🙂