1998 - 1

 

The Beltane Wheel,

West Kennett Longbarrow,

Near Avebury, Wiltshire.

Reported Monday 4th May.

 

Report by Stuart Dike, Edited

Located on the sloping field in front of West Kennett Longbarrow, and facing towards Silbury Hill, is what can only be described as a Beltane Wheel. Its also known as the Pagan fiery Wheel. It appeared in Oil Seed Rape in full flower, and is a spectacular sight from the A4.

It's diameter must be at least 120-140ft. Its construction was around 12AM-2AM in the morning of May 4th.

The amount of crop that has been flattened is very little relation to the size of the formation. Basically what we have are two outer concentric rings, with a standing middle section. Between the two rings, there are a number of spokes, or blades which sweep from the inner ring, out into the outside area. On the outer perimeter of the formation there are notches, which arc into the standing crop, and form part of the sweeping flattened crop coming out of each blade. On the outer perimeter of the middle standing section the notch feature is mirrored, but these sections are independent to the floor construction on the inner ring. It was very noticeable, that this formation must have been flattened simultaneously, as many sections of the flattened crop were lying onto each other! This didn't make sense to me, but I was thinking how someone could have constructed this design by simple methods. One other problem would be taking into consideration the undulation of the topography with the field, and how to keep a symmetrical design. (Those who constructed the formation knew how to do this.)

The floor itself, had a wonderful fluid action to it. The blades form a kind of lazy "s" feature, which are copied around the formation. Indeed, even the rings themselves have crop which flowed from one side to the other, with what I call minimum breakage on the plants. There were very few stems that were snapped, and no bruising or scrape marks were present, some plants were snapped at the very base of the plant, but remember this crop isn't easy to work with, and would snap with extreme
ease.

While I was taking photographs of the formation, I got talking to a gentleman by the name of Tony Crerar. He is a enthusiastic photographer, and was taking time exposure photo's of the immediate area this morning (May 4th) of the moon set, and sun rise. He spent most of the night monitoring the area, and did not notice any strange lights, or cars in the vicinity. There was a time window though between 12-2.30am in the morning, when someone or something could have created this formation, any other time and Tony would have noticed.

Avebury Trusloe, nr Avebury, Wiltshire. 

Reported 20th June.

5 pointed star, with 10 petals surrounding.  Incorporating scallop shapes for the perimeter.  Central circle also within the star.  Approx. 280 feet in diameter. This is the best formation to appear this year in Wiltshire (So far!)

Clanfield, nr Peterfield, Hampshire.

 Reported 19th June

 

Some doubt exists to the authenticity of this formation. We would need field reports to determine the condition of the floor lay of the grain.

The Sanctuary, nr West Overton, Wiltshire. 

Reported 19th August

 

This handsome 300 footer appeared August 19th 1998 near Avebury "Sanctuary" on the A4, in wheat.  It is obviously similar to the first formation last year, the "Spinning Crescents," below Barbury Castle.

Beckhampton (4), nr Avebury, Wiltshire.

Reported 8th August

 

Many of the formations this summer were evident hoaxes. The irregularity of the structure, inability to maintain true curves or circles, geometric imbalance, and other odd features were notable in many of them. Some hoaxes were quite good, while some were contracted by corporations.

Danebury Rings (1), Nr Andover, Hampshire. Reported 2nd August

This beautiful formation arrived near Danebury Ring Hill fort, in late July or early August, in wheat.  The 160 foot design is surrounded by circles which play games with the number six, seven, eight and nine.

Lockeridge (3), Nr Avebury, Wiltshire. 

Reported 6th August

This remarkable, 400 feet formation arrived 6th August near Lockeridge in the  same wheat field as the "Hydra." She features lays that swirl in different directions within the big circles, which when seen from the air, create additional, gleaming geometry.  That, together with "plated" crop and a little circle with it's stems bent halfway down, makes her clearly a member of a rapidly evolving family of formations that began this year with the "Dragon Larva," the "Cat's Eyes," and most recently, the "Stingray".