Wiki wrote: A lynchet is a bank of earth that builds up on the downslope of a field ploughed over a long period of time. The disturbed soil slips down the hillside to create a positive lynchet while the area reduced in level becomes a negative lynchet. They are also referred to as strip lynchets.
On Line wrote: Link.....early 15c., "one of a series of rings or loops which form a chain; section of a cord," probably from Old Norse *hlenkr or a similar Scandinavian source (compare Old Norse hlekkr "link," Old Swedish lænker "chain, link," Norwegian lenke, Danish lænke), from Proto-Germanic *khlink- (cognates: German lenken "to bend, turn, lead," gelenk "articulation, joint, link," Old English hlencan (plural) "armor"), from PIE root *kleng- "to bend, turn." Missing link between man and apes dates to 1880.
If you have ever traveled by Helicopter, you will, if you look very carefully, see sometimes hard to trace lines on the ground, that orthodoxy considers to represent the communal efforts of medieval peasant farmers to bring marginal hilly ground into cultivation.......................you might have even wondered what was the evidence for this assertion?