Previously we reported the appearance of filamentous cobweb-like material on the surface of crop circles. This suggests signs of increased microbial activity at such sites, leading to speculation that whatever their cause enhances or intensifies, rather than depletes, the site’s natural vitality.
An ongoing survey of ancient sacred sites that comprise the ritual landscape of the Avebury complex has revealed more examples of this phenomenon. This suggests to us the existence of a possible link between some established sacred sites and crop circles. Our present thinking is that one aspect that links these sites is their organic nature, and that the phenomena manifests as a response to some kind of energetic activity present in the immediate vicinity.
In the above example, the material was attached to a moss-covered willow tree trunk at the heart of the location. Its consistency resembled a light, extremely delicate floss. It gave off a weak musty odour, which, along with its general appearance, reminded our investigator of a passage in Professor Robert Plot’s treatise on mysterious ground markings – “fairy rings,” etc. – in his The Natural History of Staffordshire (1686), where he noted the interspersion of “a white hoar or vinew much like that of mouldy bread, of a musty rancid smell…”.
The next examples were discovered on tumuli (barrows) situated along the Ridgeway in Wiltshire, between Overton Hill and Avebury Down. These differed in consistency to the earlier example; in both cases their filaments were thicker and less densely compacted. Unlike the previous example, moreover, the filaments were quite brittle to touch, differentiating their materiality to spider or caterpillar cobwebs, which are usually flexible. The material was not sticky.
Together with its overall appearance, this material’s brittleness suggests that it was formed in a soft state and has subsequently hardened.