Icremote...It appears what David Woods was so amazed about was simple demographics...
The average distance between villages was always within a day's walk..that averages to 15-20 miles between rest stops..
Of course in modern times, the spaces in between have also become developed....but ancient demographics, whether in the Holy Lands, or France, all exhibit the same patterns of development of human settlements and places of worship..here's one example..
YOu can find many during internet searches...nothing "mysterious" about them!http://www.rpglibrary.org/utils/meddemog/
Allow me to put you in the picture.
On this very forum are a set of results tabulated by David Williams.
Williams set out to prove that all this geomancy was random.
Williams took his GPS and went to a set of places which when put together made up a series of circles all with their circumference on the Castle at Coustaussa.
Now Williams went out with the attitude, not to investigate in a scientific manner, but to prove Woods and Lincoln wrong. His results were as follows:
Circle 1 centred on Esperaza. Contains the churches of les Sauzils, St Ferriol, Granes and Coustaussa.
2 miles 1586 yards 2 foot 5 inches.
Circle 2 Containing Laval church, Bezu church, Esperaza and Coustaussa churches on the circumference.
2 miles 1670 yards 10½ inches
Circle 3 centred on Coustaussa church, with the track ways at Combe Loubiere and Esperaza church on the circumference.
2 miles 1580 yards 1 foot 7¼inches
Circle 4 Containing Bugarach church, St Just church, Coustaussa church, Serres church and Rennes le Chateau.
2 miles 1588 yards 9½ inches
Circle 5 Containing Terroles church, Castillou church and again Coustaussa church.
2 miles 1589 yards 1 foot
With the exception of circle 2 all these radii are within 9 YARDS of each other.
Remember that these set of results came from a man with the stated aim of proving Lincoln and Woods wrong and indeed he went on to declare that these results proved Lincoln and Woods wrong. In other words a 9 Yard error over almost 3 miles is proof enough for someone to state that the position of churches is random and this is after he had stated that his GPS didn't work inside the church and therefore he had to move away from what was probably the correct measuring point.
Now most people's attitude to this is that the current doctrine states that this could not be done and so therefore it hasn't been done even if data indicates otherwise.
So how could such accurate positioning be done? Well we know that the Church authorities placed the Images of the Saints
as Augustine called them over previous places of worship in order to ethnically cleanse an area and bring them under the Church's control.
Woods uses a point where three trackways meet and you would probably think that this is insignificant however look at this:
"Before all else, I denounce and contest, that you shall observe no sacrilegious pagan customs. For no cause or infirmity should you consult magicians, diviners, sorcerers or incantators, or presume to question them because any man who commits such evil will immediately lose the sacrament of baptism. Do not observe auguries or violent sneezing or pay attention to any little birds singing along the road. If you are distracted on the road or at any other work, make the sign of the cross and say your Sunday prayers with faith and devotion and nothing inimical can hurt you. No Christian should be concerned about which day he leaves home or which day he returns because God has made all days. No influence attaches to the first work of the day or the [phase of the] moon; nothing is ominous or ridiculous about the Calends of January. [Do not] make [figures of?] vetulas, little deer or iotticos or set tables at night or exchange New Years' gifts or supply superfluous drinks. No Christian believes impurity or sits in incantation, because the work is diabolic. No Christian on the feast of Saint John or the solemnity of any other saint performs solestitia [solstice rites?] or dancing or leaping or diabolical chants. No Christian should presume to invoke the name of a demon, not Neptune or Orcus or Diana or Minerva or Geniscus or believe in these inept beings in any way. No one should observe Jove's day in idleness without holy festivities not in May or any other time, not days of larvae or mice or any day but Sunday. No Christian should make or render any devotion to the gods of the trivium, where three roads meet, to the fanes or the rocks, or springs or groves or corners."
The Life of St. Eligius, 588-660
St Eligius, spiritual advisor to the Merovingian kings
Now if you go around this area you will notice that Calvaires have been placed at various places WHERE THREE ROADS MEET. In other words the Church authorities have tried to stop the local people making some kind of religious practice at these places.
So what was this religion?
Look at this:
A French author Gaston Jourdanne wrote in his book Contribution to the Folklore of the Aude
made the following observation whilst Saunière was still alive in 1900. “In the Aude, the peasants rather believe in the malignant spirit, the fairies and the underground geniuses than with the Virgin and the Angels”
This is a religion where you find Cromlecks. As in
La Vraie Langue CELTIQUE et le CROMLECH de Rennes les Bains.
Here's where the Church has attempted some ethnic cleansing, this time in Yorkshire England.
The Church authorities obviously couldn't move the stone because it weighs an estimated 40 tons, even though someone had dragged this stone 9 miles up a steep incline some 4000 years ago. It seems that it wasn't correct to simply erect the stone where they found it. No, it had to go here for some reason.