North Sea once formed a land-bridge between Europe and Britain.

St Michael’s Ley-line Leading to Legendary Doggerland

(Read the article on one page)

Does the St Michael ley-line reach far beyond the boundaries of our imagination to a destination lost in time and shrouded in myth? Doggerland was once a land-bridge connecting Britain to Europe during the Paleolithic era, but it has claims on Atlantis, flashbacks to giants, and is plagued by a giant hoax.

Map of England/UK showing some points along the St Michael’s Ley-line (Public Domain/Deriv)

Map of England/UK showing some points along the St Michael’s Ley-line (Public Domain/Deriv)

While researching material for my upcoming book The Temple at the Gates of Dawn - the Mystery of the Old Minster, about a mysterious historical ruin in the east of England, I happened to notice it is located on a ley-line. And, not just any ley-line, but the St Michael and St Mary Alignment (the St Michael and St Mary leys are two separate but intertwined ley-lines) the most famous ley-line route in England, if not the world.

Ley-lines are a controversial concept, which can be approached in one of three ways: namely they are historical; mystical; or purely coincidental phenomena. Another way of looking at ley-lines is to see them as occupying the liminal space between legitimate landscape archaeology; the concept of ritual, (or ceremonial) landscapes; and the pseudoscience (or alternative archaeology) of Earth mysteries. People are taking pilgrimages along ley-lines, in fact the latter section of the St Michael and St Mary Alignment also coincides with part of the newly established Via Beata long-distance Christian pilgrimage route across the United Kingdom.

The Pilgrimage of Grace by Fred Kirk Shaw. (Public Domain)

The Pilgrimage of Grace by Fred Kirk Shaw. (Public Domain)

The 350-mile (563 kilometers) long Alignment runs across England in a north-easterly direction starting at Land’s End. Turning around, there is even a suggestion it stretches even farther out south-westerly into the waters of the Atlantic to the lost kingdom of Lyonesse of Celtic and Arthurian legend, of which only the Scilly Isles still remain above the surface today. Turning back north-east again, it goes on to connect St Michael’s Mount, Glastonbury Tor and the Avebury Henge complex and a dozen more important historical, mystical and archaeological sites, before passing through the cathedral town of Bury St Edmunds. From there on, the leys enter the territory covered by my book (even embracing the hill on which the parish church of Saint Mary the Virgin, Denton, is located, which is about two miles (3.21 kilometers) away from where I sat writing this article) before finally running into the North Sea at Hopton-on-Sea on the Norfolk Coast.

READ MORE… 

Like this Preview and want to read on? You can! JOIN US THERE  with easy, instant access  ) and see what you’re missing!! All Premium articles are available in full, with immediate access.

For the price of a cup of coffee, you get this and all the other great benefits at Ancient Origins Premium. And - each time you support AO Premium, you support independent thought and writing.

Charles Christian is a professional writer, editor, award-winning journalist and former Reuters correspondent. His non-fiction books include  Writing Genre Fiction: Creating Imaginary Worlds: The 12 Rules

Charles has presented a variety of excellent talks with AO Premium on ancient legends, surprising folklore, and creepy and cool traditions:

Top Image: North Sea once formed a land-bridge between Europe and Britain.  (CC0)

By Charles Christian

Register to become part of our active community, get updates, receive a monthly newsletter, and enjoy the benefits and rewards of our member point system OR just post your comment below as a Guest.

Top New Stories

The first ever Roman boxing gloves found in Britain are now on display at Vindolanda.
Still molded to the form of their former owner’s knuckles, boxing gloves found at the Roman site of Vindolanda in Northumberland, England hint at tales of soldiers increasing their battle skills, keeping up their fitness, and passing the time gambling on fights while stationed in the far northern lands of the empire.

Myths & Legends

Human Origins

Silhouettes (Public Domain) in front of blood cells (Public Domain) and a gene.
Most people who have the Rh blood type are Rh-positive. There are also instances, however, where people are Rh-Negative. Health problems may occur for the unborn child of a mother with Rh-Negative blood when the baby is Rh-Positive.

Ancient Technology

The Lycurgus Cup.
A strange chalice made its way into the British Museum’s collection in the 1950s. It is a 1,600-year-old jade green Roman artifact called the Lycurgus Cup. The image on the chalice is an iconic scene with King Lycurgus of Thrace...

Our Mission

At Ancient Origins, we believe that one of the most important fields of knowledge we can pursue as human beings is our beginnings. And while some people may seem content with the story as it stands, our view is that there exists countless mysteries, scientific anomalies and surprising artifacts that have yet to be discovered and explained.

The goal of Ancient Origins is to highlight recent archaeological discoveries, peer-reviewed academic research and evidence, as well as offering alternative viewpoints and explanations of science, archaeology, mythology, religion and history around the globe.

We’re the only Pop Archaeology site combining scientific research with out-of-the-box perspectives.

By bringing together top experts and authors, this archaeology website explores lost civilizations, examines sacred writings, tours ancient places, investigates ancient discoveries and questions mysterious happenings. Our open community is dedicated to digging into the origins of our species on planet earth, and question wherever the discoveries might take us. We seek to retell the story of our beginnings. 

Ancient Image Galleries

View from the Castle Gate (Burgtor). (Public Domain)
Door surrounded by roots of Tetrameles nudiflora in the Khmer temple of Ta Phrom, Angkor temple complex, located today in Cambodia. (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Cable car in the Xihai (West Sea) Grand Canyon (CC BY-SA 4.0)
Next article