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Edited May 04, 2016, 23:48
Re: John Michell lecture
May 04, 2016, 23:31
Seeing as you have just posted notes about Tolven /Men an Tol . It might be worth looking at some of the problems associated with the monument and Michell that took about about 5 minutes to appreciate .
The monument is mentioned in TOSOLE .
The suggested Ley line is said to align with a boundary stone at 4475 3586 and this alignment is oriented to 66.5 degrees pointing to the spot where the May day sun will rise .
For starters the grid ref for men an Tol is wrong , being 29 yards from the monument .
There is no boundary stone at the suggested grid ref and neither the wrong grid ref or the correct one for Men an tol is aligned to the putative boundary stone at 66.5 degrees . Needless to say the spot given for the stone is not visible from the monument .There is a boundary stone 65 yards from the given grid ref , in fact there are plenty of boundary stones in the area but not at the given grid ref . This excess of possible markers is one of the problems first mentioned in the early seventies i.e. there were far more possible targets than suggested by Michell which changed the statistical likelihood . In fact if you want a ley line use the boundary stones ,as in many cases boundaries follow straight lines and that’s where you tend to get the set stones , in the vast majority of cases these groupings are not prehistoric .
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