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Retirement in 1970 followed by 30 years of research with his wife Barbara Joy starting with the discovery of Line A - The Cam Valley Loxodrome 1976

Preface to the Line A research

This treatise is the record of five years of field-work and computation carried out over the whole of East Anglia and its border areas to the west. As a study of possible astronomical alignments of great antiquity, marked on the ground by monoliths and earthen mounds, it has had to use many disciplines - archaeology, astronomy, geology, mathematics, geodesy and tertiary surveying. As no man is master of all these, least of all the author, frequent mistakes have been made. And yet the original working hypothesis has survived all vicissitudes, and has become more firmly grounded as successive mistakes have been corrected In the absence of a written record, there can be no proof that the, admittedly remarkable, claims put forward, here, are not a mirage of purely random events. But great care has been taken that each step should be supported by a calculated, negligible probability of randomness. On my handling of this factor, must rest the acceptability, or otherwise, of the conclusions reached.

I should like to acknowledge the debt I owe to Professor A. Thom and Professor G.S. Hawkins for the inspiration and direction which their respective work in the archaeo-astronomical field has given me - Christian O’Brien - 1976.


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