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The Landscape Circles of the Marlborough Downs


Based on the book The Keys to the Temple

In the two previous introduction articles I recounted my discovery of the twin circle pattern (keys_intro) and in the second its connection with the long-distant alignment known as the Michael Line (keys_intro2) and the curious resonant relationship with the Earth's equatorial circumference by the ratio of 1/666. This article takes the process forward another stage and considers the internal geometry of the twin circles and their relationship with arguably the most famous monument of our world the Great Pyramid of Egypt.

Twin circles of the Marlborough Downs
Fig. 1 The twin circles of the Marlborough Downs showing the Michael Line in red.

The Puzzle of the Circles Relationship
For a number of years I struggled to discover the geometric relationship of the twin circle pattern. Intuitively I felt there had to be one but try as I might I could not unlock its secret. As can be seen from the pattern the two centres lie inside of the arc of the opposite circle. A true 'vesica' pattern would have the centres on the circumference of the opposite circle. If this pattern was deliberate then there had to be an obvious geometric relationship. Like so many discoveries, when the answer came I could not understand why I had not spotted it before.

The solution was simple. If we call the two centres A and B I then created an imaginary third point C to create an equilateral triangle ABC. The next step was to connect point C to the points where the extended line that connected points A and B bisected the inner arcs of the two circles. We can call these points E and F. As I looked at the new triangle CEF I felt that it looked very familiar. Some quick calculations proved this to be true for it has very nearly the same internal angles as the Great Pyramid of Egypt.

The Great Pyramid of Egypt
This wonder of the Ancient World is based on a very simple ratio. The cross-section of this pyramid is shown below. As can be seen it is unique amongst other pyramids in having a number of chambers within the body of pyramid itself.

Cross-section of Great Pyramid
Fig. 2 The Cross-section of the Great Pyramid of Egypt.

The ratio of height to base of this monument is 7:22. The significance of this ratio I will return back to later but what needs to be understood is that this pattern can be created through a simple geometric development of six stages, which starts with an equilateral triangle. This pattern is shown below:

Pyramid development 1
Pyramid Development 2
Pyramid step 3
Pyramid development stage 4
Pyramid development stage 5
Pyramid development stage 6
Fig. 3 The hypothetical six stage geometric development plan for the Great Pyramid of Egypt.

This six stage pattern very neatly incorporates all of the Great Pyramid, saving one very small detail. When this geometric pattern is calculated out, based on the ratio given previously of height: base = 7:22, the height is only 6.96 units as opposed to 7. For many reasons, both pragmatic as well aesthetic and cultic, I believe that the Ancient Egyptians simply rounded the numbers to whole number or integer ratios - 7:22. If we turn this ratio around those familiar with fractions will immediately recognise another significant ratio 22/7 - the ancient pi ratio for calculating the properties of circles.

Putting It All Together
The plan below shows the twin landscape circles with the cross-section of the Great Pyramid superimposed into the geometry at a comparable scale. What is remarkable is the way that the Great Pyramid design fits so very neatly into the pattern of the circles and the Michael alignment. The Grand Gallery can be seen to align with point P the centre of the eastern circle and the Michael alignment passes through the position of where the King's Chamber would be within the body of the pyramid. This is very close to being 2/7th of the height of the pyramid section. (See article Sekeds and the Geometry of the Great Pyramid). On the ground this point is known as Temple farm, named after the order of Knights called the Templars.

Fig. 4 Plan Showing the combination of the landscape circles and Great Pyramid section.

Temple Farm
Wiltshire Council history page gives the following information for Temple farm:

"Temple Rockley and Clatford both have monastic associations. The former, now represented by the remote Top Temple Farm, was owned by the Knights Templars from the mid-twelfth century until 1308. They established a community, known as a preceptory, on the estate, which perhaps lay near the herepath at The Beeches, where a medieval rubbish pit was excavated in 1949. An enormous sarsen in Temple Bottom nearby has been artifically hollowed out to contain liquid, and is locally (and just possibly correctly) known as the Templarís Bath."

There is also an excellent picture of the spot at

The evidence presented so far is strongly indicative of deliberate intent in the setting out of the circles and their link to the Michael alignment. The two next most important questions are how and why.These will be dealt with in the next articles.

Location Information
Click here for detailed information on the sites of the Marlborough Downs landscape circles giving OS grid references etc.

Statistical Analysis
Click here for a statistical analysis of the Marlborough Downs landscape circles.

The next part explores the methods that might have been used to set out this pattern.

Useful Links follow on articles giving more details of other landscape patterns.
Twin circles of the Marlborough Downs explores sacred patterns of Wiltshire
Marlborough Downs Sites a tour of the sites that make up the twin circle pattern
The Cotswold Circle an article on a similar sized circle that over-lights the Cotswold area
The Hidden Geometry of Avebury a look at the hidden geometry of Avebury
Silbury Hill and the Sanctuary an article on significance of Silbury Hill and the Sanctuary
The Keys to the Temple information on the book The Keys to the Temple by David Furlong

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Avebury from the air. One of the key points on the Eastern Circle.

One of Avebury's stones

Part of the Avebury Henge

The Giant's Grave hil fort

The Giant's Grave: one of the points on the circumference of the Eastern Circle.

East Kennett long barrow

The East Kennett long barrow. A key point on the Eastern Circle.

Bishop's Cannings church

Bishops Cannings Church. One of the key points on the Western Circle

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