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Winterbourne Bassett (Stone Circle) — News

Stukeley's Location for Winterbourne Bassett Stone Circle

According to 'The Wiltshire Archaeological Magazine' 2003, the current location of the Winterbourne Bassett stone circle is in serious doubt. Stukeley drew the circle in 1724 and Silbury Hill and Avebury's church tower are clearly visible on the horizon. This has led archaeologists to question the current site's location and speculate that Stukeley's location may be correct [SU09307535], which is 50m south of a lane leading to Clyffe Pypard. Further evidence that supports Stukeley came from the earth resistance survey [June '98] which located a large number of sarsens that were interpreted 'as part of a naturally occuring distribution without any deliberate pattern.' Further more, the huge megalith which overlooks the so-called 'recumbent stone circle' was raised only recently. Until further excavations unearth the truth, I personally place my bet on William Stukeley's location as the actual site.

Devil's Den (Chambered Tomb) — Miscellaneous

In the 1930's Reginald Smith was regarded as the leading authority on the Neolihtic Age and Keeper of the British and Roman antiquities at the British Museum. He discovered that all long barrows and the centres of certain stone circles, were all set over an underground water source. The late Guy Underwood confirmed and continued Smith's work and surveyed the Devil's Den in 1958. [It's a shame I can't include this amazing survey here.] Underwood detected, through the medium of dowsing, that the dolmen was set over a powerful blind spring. Blind springs generate a surface spiral pattern [known as a geospiral] and it is this energy which dowsers detect. The Devil's Den has one of the most intense and powerful geospirals in the county.

Interesting to note that most of todays knowledge regarding the 'geodetic system of earth energies', came from open minded field archaeolgists such as Smith and Underwood, and today most archaeologists shy away from talk about ley lines and earth energies.

Lambourn Sevenbarrows (Barrow / Cairn Cemetery) — Folklore

Two of the longest ley lines in the UK cross close to the Lambourn Seven barrows - the St Michael ley line which courses across England from Carn Les Boel, Cornwall to Hopton on the Norfolk coast and the Belinus ley line, which courses from the Isle of White to Inverhope on its way to the Faroe islands. Both ley lines have serpentine earth energies assoicated with them, one is male and the other is female and these energies were known to ancient Chinese geomancers as Lung Mei, the Dragon's Breath.

St Catherine's Hill (Hillfort) — Folklore

The Belinus ley line is the longest ley line in Britain and was researched by Gary Biltcliffe and his partner Yana. The Belinus line courses through St Catherine's Hill, nr Winchester, and continues northwards and eventually targets Inverhope in Scotland. On St Catherine's Hill, two 'Dragon lines' or earth energy currents that coil around the ley line can be located here. One dragon line is female [yin] and the other is masculine [yang] these earth energies were known to ancient Chinese geomancers as 'lung mei' the Dragon's breath. The Belinus ley is similar to the St Michael ley line and its two earth energy currents, Mary and Michael, which were discovered by Hamish Miller and Paul Broadhurst in the 1980's.
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