Evidence for Prehistoric Mapping

by Marcus H. Rouse

A little while ago I discovered that three ancient sites around Aldbourne formed an equilateral triangle of three-kilometre side.

Further discoveries showed that this triangle and others formed a hexagon.  Subsequent observations placed this hexagon in such an orientation that it is between Brighton and Hereford as well as being on the St. Michael Line.  Due north is Wayland’s Smithy.  Here the dowsable energy line doglegs a mile east to the more prominent hill top fort at Uffington.  Due north again are The Rollrights, Matlock, The Ox Stones, Harrogate, Fountain’s Abbey and Newcastle.

It is well known that surveying uses triangulation but triangles of an irregular shape where a base line of known length is required.  I propose that prehistoric man surveyed the whole of the British Isles using a triangulation method but with his triangles equilateral, which requires no measurement.

I suggest one major centre of prehistoric surveying was at Aldbourne where the village lies within the hexagon and features a central pond.  This reflects the setting sun at both equinoxes onto the former site of a stone circle.  A pattern of equilateral triangles and a vesica pisces also centres on the pond.

Maryport in Cumbria has a dowsable pattern of equilateral triangulation connecting up ancient sites. The main energy line due south from here passes through Sellafield, St. Asaph (near Rhyl) and more ancient sites before crossing the Bristol Channel to Dunster and Exeter.  Studying north of Maryport revealed Caerlaverock and Findhorn. That discovery alone focussed my attention on yet closer investigation of to where the lines actually lead.  Maryport and Keswick investigations had revealed a Newcastle, Penrith, Castlerigg, St Bees, Snaefell (Isle of Man) line, but just where to in Ireland? Newgrange!  A check north and south revealed Iona and The Scilly Isles respectively. Iona, The Scilly Isles and Hopton form an equilateral triangle.

While various hexagons at the obvious intersections shown on the map were initially probably only used for surveying, It seems reasonable to assume that some were enhanced in later years to become the astronomical observatories we are now learning to interpret.  Further investigation east of Aldbourne resulted in discovering an energy line through Windsor, The Houses of Parliament and Greenwich.  Map dowsing the London area makes me suspect that subsequent mapping was based at Greenwich where a direct alignment to Holyhead is very nearly 300° N.

I acknowledge the suggestion by Alfred Watkins that The Long Man of Wilmington represents a surveyor.  My visualisation of the two staves being joined with a leather thong suggested to me the equilateral triangle method of measureless surveying.  The map illustrates the bare bones of this ancient survey.  I believe that one of their earliest equilateral triangles is between Wilmington, Cambridge and Aldbourne.  An enormous amount of fleshing out information is coming to light and while no actual unit of measure is necessary, Prof Thom proposes that the megalithic yard was used through out the land.  Pondering the puzzle of ascertaining the length of one megalithic yard I propose this: Measured at arms length it is twice the apparent distance between the Pole Star and the handle star of the plough (Alkaid of Ursa Major). An average was probably taken of several people’s observations.  One megalithic yard, so easily taken from the sky in this way, could account for the consistency of dimensions between the ancient sites.

Initial map dowsing was carried out with a pendulum using imaginary co-ordinates to find otherwise unknown sites.  Dowsing with a wand however, particularly when in the field, has proved much more convenient than a pendulum primarily for the ease of reading it when walking fast. My method is to hold a suitably flexible hedgerow switch by the thin end and alter the length to avoid vertical oscillations being in resonant frequency with ones stride.  Crossing an energy line is indicated by a change to horizontal oscillations.  When approaching a site, the vertical motion of the wand will indicate that I am walking in the correct direction.  Any alteration in this motion indicates being off course.  Altering course to restore a vertical bounce in the wand will indicate the correct direction once more.  It is akin to steering a car.  I have used this technique to find several isolated sites where no signs were visible from a distance but on arrival a shallow depression on both sides of the original mound position could be seen, the greater hollow being down hill of the original site.  A good example of this is where The St. Michael Line enters the Aldbourne Valley and the larger hollow has been pressed into service as a dewpond.

Except for the St. Michael line the map illustrates the major alignments that I have discovered by dowsing.  They do appear to have attendant positive and negative energies too.

© 2000 Marcus H Rouse & BSD EEG