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28 29 Alfred Watkins deduced from place name evidence that his proposed Stone Age ley surveyors were probably called dod men. Looking for illustrations of potential ancient surveyors he seized upon the antique chalk hill figure of the Long Man of Wilmington as a representation of the ley man. It is fitting therefore that the Long Man should lie on a ley. The first ley marker is the 12th century St. Marys and St. Peters church in the village of Wilmington, Sussex. Legend says it is connected by a tunnel to the crypt of the next ley point, the Norman Wilmington Priory. Legends of tunnels often occur on leys. The third marker is the Long Man, a 237ft long, featureless outline of a human figure holding a long staff in each hand Watkins surveyors staffs the date of the figure is uncertain, but is possibly preRoman. The top of the hill on which the Long Man lies is marked by the fourth point, Windover Hill round barrow, 135ft in diameter. The line can be extended further north where it crosses a hardtofind Bronze Age bowl barrow. Many leys start or end at a prominent hill. Opposite Watkins adopted the Long Man of Wilmington as his ley surveyor, or Dodman. To the left we see the descendents of Dod after Watkins, and to the right are some of the many recorded versions of the Long Man. a hOly hill aligNmENT Wilmington Ley, Sussex, England
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