Archaic Tracks Round Cambridge—An addendum to my last post about Alfred Watkins and the Roman Road
|My bag and map on a bench beside the Roman Road|
Anyway, in the course of that research, I stumbled across a mention of his last book (published in 1932) which, to my utter amazement, was entitled Archaic Tracks Round Cambridge. That was a surprise. I quickly discovered that it is long out of print and that second hand copies are being sold for well over £100. However, to my delight, I discovered that the wonderful Europeana Collections site not only has this short book available as a good quality pdf scan but also The Old Straight Track. I've put links to them below.
"Adventure lies lurking in these lines where I point the way for younger feet than mine. Detective work of sorts; unnoticed mark-stones almost buried in the banks of cross-roads, in the field, or on a town pavement; the edges of an unrecorded camp; a faint mound almost levelled; or, again on the ley of the land, as the eye looks straight on, the point of a distant beacon-hill as a mark on the sky-line.
Who will strike the trail?"
Well, me of course!
To accompany this current post I include for your pleasure some photos of the Roman Road I took back in June 2013 using Hipstamatic's Tin-Type "film". As always, click on a photo to enlarge it.
But, before we come to them here are the links to the pdfs of Watkins' two books at the Europeana Collections site: