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32 33 The geodetic location of the Giza meridian echoes through other ancient cultures, who often sought to find the centre of their land or society. Nordic, Greek, Celtic and even Nazi traditions reveal a worldwide geomantic obsession with finding the exact centre of the homeland. The centre was seen as the birthplace of the tribe, the omphalus or navel of the world, an axis from which the king could survey his domain, and give laws from his sacred rock. These central places, whether stone circles, earthworks, hilltops or islets in rivers and lakes, functioned as moot or ting sites where national meetings were held under the light of the Sun. John Michell also discovered that they were often located geographically at the centre of the most northerlysoutherly and easterlywesterly axes shown below. Plato relates that the site of of the symbolic centre must have the physical and spiritual qualities befitting a national omphalus. Were early surveyors also priestly diviners, masters of astronomy, geodesy and land measurement, as Caesar said of the British druids The two main British centres are the Isle of Man, the centre of the British Isles see opposite, and Meriden in Warwickshire, the centre of England. The Romans named High Cross at Venonae the centre because it was equidistant from Hadrians Wall and the Isle of Wight. locaTinG The cenTre the navel of the landscape Above The main axis of the British Isles, from Duncansby Head in Scotland to Lands End in Cornwall, has its central point on the Isle of Man. The smaller circle of 100 miles in diameter, touches England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland from At the Centre of the World by John Michell, 1994
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