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Labyrinths - The Major Categories
The earliest labyrinth symbols so far discovered are all of the same simple design
- the “Classical” type - which is found worldwide and remain popular to this day.
During this 4000 year history, the Classical labyrinth has developed into a number
of closely related forms, often in particular geographical regions, by means of simple
adjustments to the "seed pattern" that lies at the heart of its construction.
However, from time to time, major developments have taken place, resulting in quite
different types of labyrinths being created, which have then themselves been further
developed. This process continues to this day, indeed, since the 1980’s several radically
new types of labyrinth designs have been created and these will undoubtedly continue
to flourish and develop in the future.
To bring some sense of order to this multitude of seemingly different labyrinth designs,
I would propose that labyrinths can be classified into four major categories, although
all of these have various sub-categories, which can be further sub-divided if one
so wishes. The major categories are Classical, Roman, Medieval & Contemporary Labyrinths
- follow the links beneath each design for more details: