Coneybury Henge, nr West Amesbury, Wilts.
Detail: This circle was reported on the 8th of July in a field of maturing wheat close between West Amesbury and Stonehenge. The crop circle sits almost on top of the site of an old Henge (long ploughed flat), by Coneybury Hill. Stonehenge can clearly be seen over the road and to the West, and the New King Barrows are immediately to the north. The formation measures approximately 150ft in diameter and is well-made with a crisp outline and smoothly laid interior. As far as we are aware no permission has been given to enter this field, so please do not enter this circle unless you have specific permission from the farmer.
Location: As mentioned above the circle sits right on top of a former Henge ‘Coneybury Henge’. The Henge was first excavated and then ploughed in sometimes on the 1800s and was recorded then as a disc barrow. In 1980 it was subject to a more modern investigation where the remains of post holes and a ditch and back were discovered, and its status was upgraded to Henge. You can read more here. The landscape around Stonehenge is covered in barrows and tumuli and always looks incredible and beautiful from the air.
Design & Symbolism: There can be little doubt this crop circle is the international symbol used to denote the presence of chemical weapons. Placed as it was, so close to Amesbury, it seemed that it was some kind of ‘comment'(?) on the recent discovery, injuries and death caused by a chemical weapon in the town of Amesbury. Because of this fact it is difficult to interpret it in any other way, it is however, unusual for the crop circles to make ‘comment’ of this kind, but not unheard of. The symbol itself was developed so as to have no other meaning than the one assigned to it, so as not to cause confusion. The three-fold design is similar to ones used for both radiation and biohazards (also three-fold in nature), making them of a kind. This circle is interesting because it’s pattern was designed to only have one meeting, in juxtaposition to the majority of crop circles which are open to many interpretations.
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