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Ley lines are supposed geometrical energy lines that lie under the Earth. Our ancient ancestors are supposed to have known about them, and placed neolithic sites such as Stonehenge and Newgrange directly on these ley lines, connecting the monuments to The Energy and to each other.
The existence of these lines was first hypothesised by British archaeologists in the early twentieth century, particularly Alfred Watkins, who coined the term and suggested that the ley lines mark ancient straight-line travel routes. If Stonehenge and other megaliths were religious sites, travel routes connecting them would not be surprising. People could have made pilgrimages from one megalith to the other following some sacred route. However, the existence of these lines is disputed, since they may simply result from the perception for those who are looking for a pattern.
Nevertheless, the concept of ley lines has been seized by occultists, New Agers, neopagans, dowsers, ufologists and others, who claim that they are in fact invisible lines of mystic or natural energy, and that places where ley lines converge or intersect are especially powerful or eventful locations. Ley line theories also commonly feature in fantasy novels.
 Parodies and absurdity
The absurd nature of ley lines can be demonstrated in numerous ways. A process similar to most new-age ley line enthusiasts was applied by maths lecturer Matt Parker in 2009 to work out where Woolworths stores would have been in the far, far past of 2008. For History Hack Day 2011, web author Tom Scott developed a tool to demonstrate that anywhere in England could be said to fall on three mysterious ley lines - including at least one that passes through Stonehenge. In short, if you ignore the misses and selectively report your hits, you can make magic ley lines out of anything.
 See also
- ↑ Generally, the Neolithic cultures of England and Northwestern Europe
- ↑ Locations of Ancient Woolworths Stores follow Precise Geometrical Pattern
- ↑ The Magical Mystery Ley Line Locator