Avebury Henge, Wiltshire.
Near Green Street (Herepath)
Detail & Location: This circle was reported on the 2nd of July. It is in a field of Wheat and measures approximately 250ft in diameter. See the Google Maps link for precise location.
Crop Circle Reporting and Covid-19: As in 2020, we will not be censoring crop circle locations during the continuing Covid-19 pandemic. We consider the reporting of crop circles to be in the spirit of journalism, and censorship to be an anathema to that spirit. Therefore, we will be treating the crop circle community as adults and asking everyone to approach the information carefully and responsibly. This will include not visiting the circles if the farmer has not given explicit permission to do so and should permission be given adhering to any covid restrictions in place.
Flying during the Covid-19 Pandemic: The UK is coming out of covid restrictions in the UK during the early summer of 2021. However, the restrictions of the past year have had a heavy impact on the aviation industry. Flying will continue to be very challenging for us this year, with access to aircraft and pilots still very restricted. We will continue to cover the season, flying where we can, while continuing to work photographer colleagues to bring you as much coverage as we can. We’d like to extend our deep gratitude to all those who generously share their images with us.
Visiting: The farmer is opening the circle at Avebury to the public and is asking for donations to a local charity – details of this are provided at the side of the field with a QR code you can scan to visit the charity website and make your donation. Please be as generous as possible, its a great privilege to be able to visit the crop circles and this is a great way to repay the farmer for his indulgence.
History & Connections: Avebury is the largest stone circle in Europe, even bigger than its more famous cousin at Stonehenge. It has long been a central hotspot from the crop circles phenomenon, with many, many circles appearing in the field around this site in the past 30 years.
From the English Heritage Visit Avebury page:
Avebury henge and stone circles are one of the greatest marvels of prehistoric Britain. Built and much altered during the Neolithic period, roughly between 2850 BC and 2200 BC, the henge survives as a huge circular bank and ditch, encircling an area that includes part of Avebury village. Within the henge is the largest stone circle in Britain – originally of about 100 stones – which in turn encloses two smaller stone circles.
Avebury is part of an extraordinary set of Neolithic and Bronze Age ceremonial sites that seemingly formed a vast sacred landscape. They include West Kennet Avenue, West Kennet Long Barrow, The Sanctuary, Windmill Hill, and the mysterious Silbury Hill. Many can be reached on foot from the village. The Alexander Keiller Museum also displays many notable finds from the Avebury monuments. Together with Stonehenge, Avebury and its surroundings are a World Heritage Site.
Read more about Avebury’s history.
Design & Symbolism: This is a hexagonal crop circle with a twist – the finer lines and the spirals of the design are governed by the Golden Section. See the Geometry Gallery for more information as we have it.
Visiting the Circles? If you are thinking of visiting any crop circles this summer, please read our Visiting the Crop Circles section. It’s full of useful information and etiquette for visiting the countryside and the crop circles. Please remember that you should not enter any fields without the express permission of the farmer and you will need to be aware of and abide by any restrictions in place in the UK in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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NOTE: Some of the images below are beautiful landscape scenes. Click on each image to enlarge them and see the whole picture.
IMPORTANT THANKS: to Hampshire Flyer for allowing us to use his images on our website.
It's on the drawing board! Check back for updates.
I have uploaded three drawings for you to look at for now.
The first image shows the basic geometry underpinning the Avebury crop circle. A circle divided into 30 and then a series of rotating hexagons - 18 in all. Thirty and eighteen are both 'six' numbers which marry into the hexagons (6 sides each). Each side of the hexagons are divided into five; six multiplied by five gives thirty - the division of the circle.
Division by thirty using just a compass and straight-edge is neither easy or obvious and I have to admit to using a protractor to create the drawing - most unlike me! I'd be interested to hear from anyone who thinks they have have a good solution for this.
The curved spiralling arms in this design are entirely a by-product of the rotational symmetry of the hexagons. It's an ingenious design that uses straight-lines to create curves. It's a kind of geometric paradox.
I will write this formation up properly shortly, but the painting may not be finished for some time as I intend to finish it with gold leaf. Needless to say I will post it on this page when it is finished!