Filamentous cobweb-like material known as ‘angel hair’ found at ancient sacred sites.

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.

See: A novel approach to crop circles: ‘Ghost’ geometry as spectral traces of generative energies.

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.


Swallowhead spring has long been regarded as sacred and integral to the ritual landscape

Cobweb-like material attached to tree trunk at Swallowhead spring, Wiltshire.

Cobweb-like material attached to tree trunk at Swallowhead spring, Wiltshire

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…”.

Overton Down

Tumuli along the ridgeway at Overton Down, Wiltshire.

Beech tree-covered tumuli along the Ridgeway towards Overton Down, Wiltshire

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.

Web matter at tumulus, Overton Down

Together with its overall appearance, this material’s brittleness suggests that it was formed in a soft state and has subsequently hardened.

Web matter on beech tree stump at tumulus, Overton Down

Web matter on beech tree stump on tumulus, Overton Down (detail)

As can be seen in the above example, the web matter appears discoloured from the whitish hoar that is normally seen. This may be an indication that it has been in situ for some considerable time. Being on top of the ridge the location was quite windy, as can be seen from the following photograph. This gives an idea of the resilience of the material to its natural environment, which  suggests  a certain amount of elasticity and seems at odds with its brittleness.

Web matter on beech tree stump on tumulus, Overton Down

Our research is ongoing and we hope to continue to provide information as it unfolds. We would welcome your comments as well as any useful input you may have – if you have any experiences or photographs of similar substances found at places of spiritual power please let us know.

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