Thursday 11 April 2013

Mystery Circle at Winterbourne Bassett - Any Ideas?

Looking at Google Earth I found this circular mark in a field near Winterbourne Bassett in 2003, and I think I can just see traces of it on the 2006 photograph as well.

Pastscape doesn't seem to have anything marked here, so I thought it might be the shadow left after a crop circle. But looking at 2002 and 2003 crop circle photographs, ie , nothing seems to come close.
There is one in 2009 in the same field - which is obviously too late for this.

Anyone got any ideas?

Here is the interactive Google map locating it.

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  1. Hi Tim,
    It's gotta be a Crop Circle. It's too perfect. Plus, there's been no trace of it for years.

    The field is well-used over a long time. Endless plowing would have destroyed a real Henge or other earthwork long ago.

    Dry weather Crop Marks for Iron Age monuments do show up of course, but there's no sign of that here.
    My vote's for a Crop Circle.


  2. Hello Tim,

    It looks very much like a circle I spotted around 2004 on the North facing valley side of Water Lane running East onto the plain from Enford. This was visible for years both on google earth and from the opposite side of the valley, now not visible which I put down to the exceptionally wet period from last summer onwards countering the crop mark effect seen in dryer conditions. The tanks have been going round the hillside and there are fungus rings too complicating matters but this seemed different.I assumed the Water Lane circle to be a ring ditch from a barrow there are known barrows down the valley towards Enford, I think yours is the same or a henge ditch.