Crop Circles History

Large geometric patterns of flattened crops

Britannica defines crop circles as “large geometric patterns of flattened crops, most often found in fields in southern England. Crop circles are said by some who have studied them to be messages from intelligent extraterrestrial life, but many have been proved to be the work of humans”.

Doug Bower and Dave Chorley started the Crop Circle craze in 1976 when they first created a representation of a “flying saucer nest” in a wheat field in Wiltshire, England. They had gotten the idea from news out of Tulley, Queensland, where in 1966, a farmer said he saw a flying saucer rise up from a swampy area and fly away.

When he went to investigate he saw a roughly circular area of debris and apparently flattened reeds and grass, which he assumed had been made by the alien spacecraft.

The Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney, New South Wales, New South Wales, Australia
Jan 23
, 1966, Sun • Page 101

With the use of simple tools consisting of a plank of wood, rope, and a baseball cap fitted with a loop of wire to help them walk in straight lines the two continued designing and making crop circles for years. They had made over 200, increasing elaborate, designs by 1991 when they confessed. Not being believed, they turned over their plans and created a circle in front of journalist Pat Delgado, a cereologist[1].

Creating crop circles is akin to trampling over someone’s back garden – it is unfair and irresponsible.  Crop circlers seem to forget that they are damaging someone’s property and there’s a financial implication.

Farmer Spokesman

Crop circles appear regularly throughout the world, but the majority still appear in England. Others followed Bower and Chorley, and even those who view crop circles as messages from extraterrestrials or as unexplained natural phenomena admit that a significant portion is made by humans.

According to National Geographic, crop circle enthusiasts have come up with many theories about what creates the patterns, ranging from the plausible to the absurd. One explanation in vogue in the early 1980s was that the mysterious circle patterns were accidentally produced by the especially vigorous sexual activity of horny hedgehogs, according to the Washington Post.

Some people have suggested that the circles are somehow created by localized and precise wind patterns, or by scientifically undetectable Earth energy fields and meridians called ley lines, according to Kent Heberling[2]. The theory points out that many of these phenomena amazingly take place either inline or at exact angles to each other, even when displaced by miles. The lines between sites are believed to run on top of energy currents that run under the earth.

Crops that might take five to six months to grow may only be checked by the farmers three or four times during that time. Their isolation allows hoaxers plenty of time to visit these fields over several nights and create the most elaborate formations at their convenience. Furthermore, because of their isolation, many patterns may remain undetected for some time. Most Crop circles do appear overnight.

The ancient sites of power were sometimes found, and sometimes deliberately constructed to mimic or enhance what could be found in nature. In either case, the forces of the natural world were used. And they were used for a variety of purposes, such as the promotion of fertility and for healing. But the over-riding purpos was the need to have gateways through which contact with spirit could be achieved. In the ancient world there were certain people who knew how to work with the physical world in order to create access to the spiritual.

 Paul Devereux – Author, lecturer/workshop presenter, researcher, broadcaster, artist, photographer

Circles in the United Kingdom are not distributed randomly across the landscape but appear near roads, areas of medium to dense population, and cultural heritage monuments, such as Stonehenge or Avebury. Nearly half of all crop circles found in the UK in 2003 were located within a 9.3 mi radius of the Avebury stone circles.

The Led Zeppelin Boxed Set that was released on September 7, 1990, along with the remasters of the first boxed set, as well as the second boxed set, all feature an image of a crop circle that appeared in East Field in Alton Barnes, Wiltshire.

The mysteries keep coming with crop circles, even after they’re discovered. Ever since crop circles have been reported, people have reported unusual and unexplained events happening in and nearby the site of the formations. Amongst the strange things that have been reported around crop circles are the failures of electrical devices when they’re near the site.

Helicopters hovering over circles have experienced power failures, cameras have failed when brought into the circles, and nearby cars have experienced trouble starting. No one is sure what causes these events, and as a result, they’re often not reported by the media. Some researchers have discovered that there are inexplicable increases in radiation levels around the sites of crop circles as well.

Many crop circles are mysterious and have baffled investigators for decades, but some clearly are manmade creations. Experts claim that the best way to separate legitimate crop circles from hoaxes is to examine how the crop circles have been bent. As you might expect, crop circles obviously created by people usually have carelessly bent stalks.

But the experts say that genuine crop circles are quite different and consist of carefully folded crops, almost as if someone bent each plant one by one. In some cases, the bends are so precise that the crops are still good to harvest.

It’s suggested that this could be accomplished by a quick and precise blast of intense heat, but certainly not by people using boards to stomp on the crops. Only three people have ever been arrested for trespassing and damaging crops in an attempt to create a crop circle. When you consider that there have been over 10,000 crop circles reported, that’s an incredibly small number of people getting caught.

Indiana Gazette
Indiana, Pennsylvania Jul 05, 1979
Thu  •  Page 4

If these circles are manmade, then they’re the result of careful and discreet artists who know how to evade the watchful eyes of neighbors. Aside from a few videos made by admitted hoaxers, no footage of a crop circle’s creation actually exists. While digital surveillance in rural areas wasn’t all that common in the 1970s, crop circles are still popping up every year and no one has managed to capture the process on video.

  1. A Cereologist is someone who studies crop circles. They especially believe that they are not man-made or formed by other terrestrial processes. [Back]
  2. Kent Heberling –
Credits for Newspaper clippings in Featured Image (top)
Circular Enigma and
Spring: Will it end mystery, or renew it?
The Bellingham Herald
Bellingham, Washington
March 16, 1992, Mon  •  Page 9
Center investigates Crop Circle Patterns
The Star-Democrat
Easton, Maryland
March 09, 1993, Tue  •  Page 2


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Author: Doyle

I was born in Atlanta, moved to Alpharetta at 4, lived there for 53 years and moved to Decatur in 2016. I've worked at such places as Richway, North Fulton Medical Center, Management Science America (Computer Tech/Project Manager) and Stacy's Compounding Pharmacy (Pharmacy Tech).

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