Barbury Castle, Wilts.

(Near to Barbury Shooting School)

Detail & Location: This circle was first reported on the 17th July, however the pattern evolved overnight and on the morning of the 18th was significantly altered. The circle is in a field of Wheat and measures approximately 240ft in diameter. See the Google Maps link for precise location. 

Visiting: As far as we are aware, no permission has been given to visit this crop circle. Please do not enter the field without the permission of the farmer.  

Location & History: Barbury Castle is a regular site for crop circles. This field in particular has been the location for 2 important circles in the last few years. 

About this crop circle:  This circle is essentially six-fold, with a hexagonal pattern of standing and flattened triangles.  More in the Geometry Gallery. 

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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 – which at the time of writing is none. 

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IMPORTANT: We would like to thank The Hampshire Flyer and Colleen and Keenan Burg for their kind permission to use their great photos of this crop circle on our website. 

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An Analysis by Peter van Den Burg

Barbury castle, July 17, July 18, 2022

The number ten seems to be meaningful this year; There are nine nested hexagons in the design, but a tenth is implied as the perimeter circle is determined by a hidden one (not drawn. It's hidden).

The pattern seems to be echoed in the flattened center as the axial lines and some additional hexagonal outlines are continued inward, though not all the way through to the center.

In the first phase we see a series of nested hexagons. Two nested hexagons make the harmonic proportion of the perfect fourth C-F. So from the largest hexagon to the flattened centre would make a sequence of five perfect fourth's. 

I think, just as with the Cake woods formation, we are invited to see cubes. And here too, the normal three dimensional interpretation does not quite make sense. It hints at a hypercube as the central cell is also the exterior.

In the first phase, we can find a squared circle that is implied by the distribution of standing- and flattened crop; A circle with equal area as the standing crop (red) will have equal circumference as a square with equal area as the flattened crop (blue). 

Then the second phase was introduced which obviously changed this proportion. A circle equal to the area of standing crop will stand in a Golden mean to a circle with equal area as the flattened crop. If this circle is converted to a square it will convolute the largest hexagon very elegantly. 

Despite the disintegration of  the design, it still tells us we are looking at cubes; The circle with equal area as the standing crop in the second phase will be √1,5 to the side length of the largest hexagon. As you may recall from a previous post on the Cake wood formation. A sphere with equal diameter as the cube will be √1,5 larger in isometric projection. This means that the red circle in the second phase drawing represents a sphere with equal diameter as the largest cube. The proportion standing- and flattened crop is exactly the same as with the Cake wood formation. Very subtly it tells us it is the expression of the same idea; A cube seen from every possible angle instantaneously.

Peter van den Burg 2022

You can see more of Peter's fascinating work on his Facebook page Geometry of the Crop Circles.








Unfortunately this circle has been cut from the field by the farmer. Do not visit this field. Thank you. Google Maps Link. OS Grid Ref: SU SU 16161 76791

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