(BBC) An elaborate pattern in flattened crops in a Wiltshire field has sparked fresh debate over one of rural Britain's most perplexing mysteries -- crop circles. The circle appeared over two nights at the start of August.
The formation, thought to be as long as a football [field], appeared in a field near Silbury Hill over two nights at the beginning of August. Some say the pattern is made by mysterious forces and features symbols from the ancient Mayan civilization which mark the beginning of a new world order.
Others believe it is made by commercially-minded "landscape artists." The only "new order," these sceptics say, will be from publishers wanting photographs of the design. So who is right? Is it possible that someone or thing is trying to communicate with us using imagery from a culture more than 1,000 years old. More>>
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