Drone footage has revealed two elaborate new crop patterns in the English county of Wiltshire, home of the iconic Stonehenge circle. The images were captured by MrGro, a website that publishes drone videos of the mysterious shapes.
Since the 1960s, the phenomena have been cited as evidence of the existence of extra-terrestrials, but sightings of irregular crop patterns date back to as early as the 1600s.
The team at MrGro, however, have an alternative theory about these particular curved crop shapes.
“Are these circles mysterious? In our opinion, no they’re not,” they say in a blog post linked to the video. While the patterns are distinctly “alien looking” there are a few sound reasons why they probably aren’t.
“We tend not to wade into the whole theory of how the circles are made. Occasionally, however, we do like to dip our humble photographer’s toe in the pool of the bizarre, mysterious and darn right insane and this is one such occasion where we feel we would like to offer an opinion,” they write.
They say the “wonky” lines are one reason to discount the possibility of alien involvement.
“Firstly, if the aliens were able to travel all the way to Southern England and felt inclined to leave us a message in the form of a crop circle, you’d think that they would be able to keep the straight lines of the formation, well, straight. Let’s look at what we are talking about. The Stoford circle, it is very uneven and messy, look for instance along one of the lines below and see how wonky it is.”
“We think that the two designs were produced by men,” they said.
“Very talented men with interesting design ideas that translate very well into pleasing crop circles that people enjoy photographing and analyzing. We think that these men work very closely with a crop circle photographer with the aim of delivering designs as and when they are required.”
Wiltshire is home to Stonehenge, a circle of intricately balanced stones, which has stood on the hills surrounding Amesbury for thousands of years. Its original purpose still baffles experts.