On 22 June 2014, just after the summer solstice, a new circle appeared in a barley field by the side of West Kennett Longbarrow. It was quickly recognised as a remake of a circle that appeared in the same field – then wheat – in 2011. Herewith the two side by side for comparison.
West Kennett, 22 June 2014. Photo by Nils Fordall.
West Kennett 25 July 2011. Photo by WCCSG.
Less acknowledged is the fact that the original had itself appeared twice in 2011; the second version was in a barley field on the other side of the barrow, and began as a centre circle with ring on May 17, with additional rings added on June 23.
West Kennett, 17 May 2011; this photo was taken before the additional rings were added in June. Photo by Oliver Morel / WCCSG.
We liked this design in 2011, and we still like it now in 2014; there is a beauty and a harmony to its proportions, and an underlying pentagonal geometry which makes its apparent simplicity deceptive. Andrew Edwards elaborated on this on his website cropcirclegeometry.co.uk – please read Andrew’s article at the link to understand why there is a lot more to this design than first meets the eye.
Others, however, were less impressed by the reappearance of this design.
The first to put the boot in, surprisingly, were The Crop Circle Connector; we say ‘surprisingly’ because it is unusual for them to be this critical of a circle, especially one as neat and elegant as this.
Matthew Williams swiftly followed, along with Report A Crop Circle Formation. Unfortunately the relevant thread on RACCF was deleted before we could screen-capture it, so we are unable to reproduce their comments; herewith some of Williams’ comments from a few days later, which echo the same sentiment.
Screen capture from Report A Crop Circle Formation, 25 June 2012 – please note that these comments were made after the West Kennett circle was wrecked; see below.
Guys, calm the frak down! It’s only a crop circle! What is your problem? Well actually we know exactly what the problem is. This is a beautifully designed and made crop circle, and you guys have no idea how it got there. It wasn’t the work of your mates or anybody who tips you off, and it gloats in the face of your ‘no circles in Wiltshire this year’ campaign. The reader will also see, in the screenshot of Matthew Williams’ comments above, the ridiculous suggestion that this circle was made by Charles Mallett and Monique Klinkenbergh. No, it wasn’t.
Within a few days the circle was trashed, and not by the farmer (who had given permission for visitors to enter). A small single ring in the same field was also wrecked. Who could have done such a thing, if it wasn’t the farmer?
The finger of suspicion was soon pointed at Matthew Williams and/or RACCF; the destruction certainly furthered their ‘boycott Wiltshire’ notions, and the ring being turned into a ‘No!’ left a very clear message. Their amusement and lack of concern at the trashing of these circles – which most people found abhorent – did little to support their denials of any involvement.
Report A Crop Circle Formation’s response. They have since deleted this thread. Note also the similarity in style with the screenshots in our ‘ET Go Home’ and ‘Xenophobia, Bigotry & Crop Circles’ posts.
Understandably feelings ran high over these actions and over the possible identities of those involved. On 30 June Crop Circles Anonymous issued a very strongly worded statement:
“Observers of the crop circle subject cannot help but be aware of a worrying trend this season. Circles which appear outside Wiltshire are first reported via aerial photographs on The Crop Circle Connector. Anybody familiar with the history of that website and its image sources will know who is behind the camera. Circles which appear in Wiltshire, without the prior knowledge of The Crop Circle Connector and its contacts, are rubbished, and – in some cases – physically destroyed.
Matthew Williams and Report A Crop Circle Formation would like you to believe that they are the voice of crop circles and of crop circle makers. They are not. Their views are their own, and shared by few.
Matthew Williams and Report A Crop Circle Formation would also like you to believe that there is a unanimous boycott of Wiltshire fields by crop circle makers. This is a lie. These individuals have decided they want a boycott, to further their vendettas against Charles Mallett and Monique Klinkenbergh. Circle makers who do not agree with this, or who have no interest in politics, have seen their work destroyed by those who purport to speak on their behalf.
Crop circles appear as and where they will. Nobody controls them. Any claim to speak for all circle makers is a nonsense. Observers should also take note that the Wiltshire crop circles are clearly nothing to do with these self-appointed spokesmen or any of their associates. They are unauthored, unclaimed, untethered from any individual or agenda. As crop circles should be.
Matthew Williams, Report A Crop Circle Formation, and The Crop Circle Connector are not the voice of crop circles. Crop circles belong to everyone. All crop circles, regardless of their location or relative quality. Do not allow bigots to take what is not theirs.”
But the West Kennett crop circle design wasn’t done yet, and appeared for a fourth time on 13 July, in a wheat field adjacent to the 22 June iteration. Unfortunately this version had a very short lifespan and was cut out by the farmer on the day it was discovered; the poor man being of course the silent victim in this sorry tale and who had no doubt had enough of the whole business. It was however photographed from the air by Nils Fordal:
As can be seen, this version is also very neatly made, and – despite the claims of its detractors – clearly not the work of newcomers. Whoever made it was skilled and knew what they were doing. Note also that it appears to have the same dimensions (and relationship to the tramlines) as its June 22 2014 sibling. Although swiftly cut, it was visited and photographed at ground level very early in the morning of 13 July.
Ground shot and comments via Silent Circle website.
One would think that the message in this design’s destruction and subsequent reappearance was clear. Matthew Williams, however, was far from happy. You’ll remember his inexplicable indignation (see above) about the 22 June version of this design; this latest incarnation seemed to tip him over the edge.
While most observers were too busy being dumbstruck to respond, once again Crop Circles Anonymous stepped into the fray, with the following response to Williams on 16 July, with which we have to say we agree and which expresses things much better than we could:
“And people accuse us of ranting. Regardless we are grateful to Matthew Williams, as his outburst provides an excellent opportunity for us to address several issues.
It does indeed beggar belief that one who has consistently been so scornful of farmers in the past should now speak in their defense. We will address this point in greater detail below.
Mr Williams regards these circles as ‘boring’. That is his subjective view. They do not exist for his benefit. Others have enjoyed them.
Mr Williams wonders ‘am I missing some gigantic point here’? Clearly he is. It does not occur to him (and he is not alone in this) to simply ask that there may be a reason why the same design has appeared four times in the same location in different years. But grasping deeper meanings never was Mr Williams’ strong point.
Circles have appeared in these fields since the late 1980s. The farmer has for the most part been circles-friendly throughout, leaving formations intact and allowing visitors. He did just that with the ringed circle that appeared in this location on 22 June of this year. There is no reason to suspect that ordinarily he would not have done so with this latest circle. So what changed?
The June 2014 circle, and a small ring which featured in the same field, were wrecked by nocturnal visitors several days after they appeared. Mr Williams has previously made the extraordinary claim that this was done by the farmer. It was not. He knows who did it, as do we. These attacks caused more damage to the field than the circles or their visitors would have done, and are likely the reason the circles were cut. Until then the farmer showed every intention of leaving them be. It follows that the cutting of this latest circle is more likely a pre-emptive act on the farmer’s part rather than a particular anti-circles policy.
Mr Williams further writes, “As regards hammering the same field again and again – I thought this nonsense went away after last years antics.” If this statement were heartfelt, why was it not made when circles appeared at Woodborough Hill in June of this year? Because – unlike the Silbury Hill circles – those circles were made by friends of Mr Williams, who notified him, allowing him to photograph them before the farmer removed them? Surely not.
Which brings us to a wider point. Why are previously circles-friendly farmers cutting circles? In the case of West Kennett 2014, we have detailed above what we consider may be pertinent factors. But why, after more than 20 years of circles not being cut in the Vale of Pewsey, was such a policy introduced in 2012, a policy continued to date and the “last years antics” Mr Williams refers to?
Mr Williams, did you not think that in your ongoing contempt for farmers, that when you insulted them on your internet show, that when your associates in seeking a taste of acclaim boasted of which circles they had made and where, the farmers would not take notice? Did you not think that despite the masks the farmers know who these people are? “They’ll never catch me”, proclaimed one. Perhaps not, but they can cut out any circles as soon as they appear.
We fail to see how the Silbury Hill circles “add to… “ITs Manmade” being shouted through a megaphone directly at 1ft into your ear drum.” How could they? They are simply anonymous crop circles. Their originator is silent. The only persons shouting such words at such volume are Mr Williams and his Report A Crop Circle Formation associates.”
Williams’ response to that was long, rambling, and for the most part nonsensical; we reproduce it here in the interests of fairness of debate and to give an indication of the quality of discussion or lack thereof.
Two further perspectives well-illustrate the divisive nature of this circle.
The first is from Matt Gyro, a newcomer to the crop circle scene. Note that Gyro also makes the incorrect assumption that it was the farmer that destroyed the June circles, and takes the opportunity to have a dig at Monique Klinkenbergh and make the utterly unfounded allegation that these circles were made for profit, his thinking undoubtedly influenced by Matt Williams and RACCF.
”Deja Vu? Today we were told of another crop circle in Wiltshire next to… West Kennet Long Barrow. We were slightly surprised to hear of another formation in the same little patch of Wiltshire that has already been bestowed with not one but two formations in the last few weeks…
But wait, are you sure that’s a new circle? It looks a lot like the previous circle… In fact it looks identical!…
Now we were disappointed. It wasn’t a new exciting design, it was a iteration of a design we had seen in the same location only a few weeks earlier.
We then got to thinking. I bet the farmer is annoyed… We can see that the farmer that owns the little patch of Wiltshire has clearly reached [the stage where] his frustration has manifested itself in the form of a genuine massacre of crop circles on his land.
All three of the formations on his land have been defaced and now, cut-out…
So why is this happening? Why are we seeing formations in the same field? Why are we seeing the same designs repeated just weeks apart?
Surely the message from the farmer was clear when the two earlier formations were defaced. He does not want them on his land…
We think that the circles that are appearing in the fields next to West Kennet Long Barrow are indeed the work of men. We believe that these particular men are quite amateur and are not blessed with the gift of imagination and show a complete lack of artistic vision. It is our opinion that these men are driven by greed and the desire to make money from believers and general tourists that visit the lovely county of Wiltshire. We think that they continue to show no concern for the feelings of the farmer who’s crop they continually damage….
To all of you crop circle fans out there we offer this piece of advice:-
Do not feel that you must part with your cash to enjoy the formations. Do not feel obliged to buy into any schemes that promise to give you access to the crop circles and lure you in by promising that the money you have paid is given to help the famers [sic] who’s crops have been damaged.
Remember that even some of the crop circles that give off that magical energy and have a special feeling about them may have actually been created by incredibly artistic, smart and intelligent human beings that we label “Circle Makers”.
Crop circles are made to be enjoyed and admired by all, don’t let people monetise them to further there own agendas. There are websites, including ours (shameless plug) that will give you photographs and videos for free. Print them out, make your own calendar or postcards, you don’t have to pay for these things. Of course if you want to, that’s fine…
It’s just an opinion.”
Indeed it is just an opinion, and one we find wrong in many respects.
The second perspective, from circles veteran Jack Sullivan, is rather different:
‘Who or whatever is responsible for the persistent effort to draw our attention to this formation design, has been determined to confront us with it over three years since May 2011.
This, it now appears, was due to the fact that it is far from being just a random arrangement of bands of flattened and standing crop, it has been asking us the question we our selves ask, viz, does it have a meaning? and awaiting an answer from us
Up until the last few days no one has been able to proffer a viable answer but now a Mathematician and Geometer, Andrew Edwards, after his brilliant analysis, is able to show that the formation is a very clever and elegant demonstration of the geometric relationship between circles of particular dimensions and a series of Polygons. All the circles forming the edges of the bands are a structure for five precisely dimensioned polygons. See Below:- The design embeds 5 regular polygons:-
One square, One Pentagon, two Hexagons, and one Heptagon. Inwards from the outer circle the number of sides of each polygon are 4: 5: 6: 7: 6:
This means that the formation design is one of the most significant in crop circle history, demonstrating an ability and level of intelligence we have not seen in our run of the mill known human circlemakers. It ranks in importance with the famous Barbary Castle Pi formation and is a more difficult problem to solve in that the Pi formation arrived complete with all necessary information for the solution visible in the field. That is not the case here.”
Both these perspectives appeared on The Crop Circle Connector. Oddly, Gyro’s appeared on the main page for the 13 July circle while Sullivan’s was relegated to a sub-page. Is this due to a bias on The Connector’s part?
Matters calmed down a little as July moved on, with new circles drawing people’s attention, but we still think it remarkable that such an unassuming and subtle crop circle as this could have been such an unexpected opener of so many cans of worms and the focus of so much debate. Or perhaps not; crop circles have frequently done extraordinary things to people. That is after all their purpose.