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Not a skier, but thought to represent the prehistoric surveyor, or Odin, aka Wotan. The Longman of Wilmington is a 70 x 36m hillside figure. Facing 7° east of north. It’s location is 50.810° north, 0.188° east, on a ley line. The details of which are here. The figure is cleverly arranged to appear of normal proportions when viewed from the road level. It forms the logo adopted by the Society, and is known as Dodman.

Dodman is said to be an old nickname for the land snail. Who has his eyes at the end of his horns. Watkins says, in The Old Straight Track, that ‘doddering’, ‘dodge’, ‘tottering come from the surveyor’s side to side movements in making alignments. Dod… Hod… Dud… Did… Tot… appearing in mound related place names. Like: Doddington (five in the UK), Hoddesdon, Duddingston, Diddington, Tottington etc.

Similarly, known as Votan in parts of Mexico, and depicted as a carving in stone on ‘The Gateway of the Sun’ in Bolivia, the Staff God in the Chavin religion of the Tiwanaku and Wari tribes, carries two staves, one having a sighting notch. These peoples were the successors to the Nazca, famous for their landscape lines and figures, and the predecessors of the Inca.

Right: A modern South American wood carving.