Is the answer to an ancient riddle hidden in the geometrical perfection of Wiltshire’s crop circles?
They were standing in the middle of a field in rural Wiltshire, southwest England.
Three of them.
Each over 6ft tall, with long, blond hair, dressed in white overalls, inspecting the field’s cereal crop.
That’s what made the off-duty police sergeant stop.
Thinking they might be forensic officers, the sergeant called to the three figures.
They ignored him.
He moved closer to the field. Suddenly, the air was filled with a crackling sound.
The three mysterious figures turned to look at the sergeant, then ran.
Faster than the sergeant had ever seen men run.
Within a second, they’d gone.
‘I then got scared,’ the sergeant said later. ‘The noise was still around, but I got an uneasy feeling and headed for the car. For the rest of the day I had a pounding headache I couldn’t shift.’
But the sergeant knew exactly what to do next.
He contacted a UFO expert.
Because the three figures were in a field where, only a few days earlier, a crop circle had appeared.
It was July 2009.
Crop circles were nothing new in Wiltshire. They’ve been appearing in the county’s many fields every summer since the 1960s.
Huge, circular patterns appear overnight in vast cereal fields. The crop isn’t cut down to make the pattern, but is carefully flattened.
How or why, nobody knows.
The largest of Wiltshire’s crop circles appeared at Milk Hill, Alton Barnes, in the summer of 2001.
It was made up of more than 400 circles, all perfectly aligned, and measuring 1,500ft across.
Many believe crop circles to be man-made. Pranks.
And indeed, back in 1991, two Southampton pensioners, Doug Bower and Dave Chorely, admitted they’d been making crop circles in Wiltshire fields since the 1970s.
Except, the Milk Hill crop circle was different.
‘If this formation was man-made, allowing for time to get into and out of the field under the cover of darkness, the construction time should be around four hours,’ a local crop circle expert and hoaxer, John Lundberg, said at the time. ‘Given that there are 400 circles, some of which span 70ft, that would mean one of these circles being created every 30 seconds…this formation pushes the envelope, and that’s a massive understatement.’
So if it wasn’t man-made, how did it get there?
It’s reckoned about 80% of crop circles are hoaxes.
Some scientists believe the 20% that aren’t could be made by freak tornados, or ball-shaped lightning. Others have suggested a shift in the earth’s magnetic field may cause the crops to flatten and form the intricate shapes.
For hundreds of years, UFO'S have been cropping up in ancient art, baffling us all to why they are there…
Is this the work of aliens?
And yet, there could be another explanation…
Thirty-seven years before the appearance of the giant Milk Hill crop circle, and 45 years before the sighting of those three tall, blond figures, Wiltshire was gripped by fear.
It started on Christmas Day 1964. Local journalist Arthur Shuttlewood, reporting for the Warminster Journal, wrote of strange activity in the sky above the sleepy town of Warminster.
The air was filled with a menacing sound, he wrote. Sudden vibrations came overhead, chilling in intensity…they tore the quiet atmosphere to raucous rags.
By the following June, people started seeing strange objects, too. Flying, hovering over the town.
And, in September 1965, local photographer Gordon Faulkner managed to get a picture of one.
Sightings of flying objects in Wiltshire have carried on to this day.
Are beings from other planets visiting? If so, what do they want?
Could they be responsible for the 20% of unexplained, impossibly vast and geometrically-perfect crop circles that appear in the county every summer?
Do they form some kind of message?
Chillingly, have aliens been coming to Wiltshire for thousands of years, if not longer?
Five thousand years ago, the ancient people of Wiltshire started work building Stonehenge.
No-one really knows why, or what the purpose of Stonehenge was.
Some of its stones weigh as much as 50 tonnes. And no-one’s certain how Neolithic people were able to transport them and put them into position on a hill outside what is now the town of Amesbury.
The question gets even more puzzling when you consider some of those stones came from the Preseli Hills in Wales…200 miles away.
Did aliens visit Wiltshire then to share their advanced technology and engineering skills with our ancient ancestors?
Stonehenge is so perfectly positioned that, once a year on the summer solstice, the sun rises in alignment with the heel stone as seen from the centre of the ring.
Surely, an impossible feat for an ancient civilization without tools or a written language?
The mystery of Stonhenge remains to the day. And perhaps it will always remain.
A map of the solar system, a landing pad for alien craft..?
It’s possible the answer’s out there somewhere.
Hidden in the mathematical perfection of the crop circles, and perhaps known by those three white figures who disappeared so suddenly on that day in July 2009.
Wherever the answer is, it’s just beyond our reach.
Experts have debated for years if the Ancient Egyptians were only able to build the pyramids with alien help. Could the same be true of Wiltshire’s very own pyramid, too? Silbury Hill was constructed at roughly the same time, and is roughly the same size as the pyramids of Egypt. It is a conical-shaped artificial mound, 130ft tall, with a flat top. But while the pyramids of Egypt were built to bury the pharaohs, no-one knows why the Silbury Hill was built.
Or by whom…